The Biola Queer Underground became public through posters and business cards and an ensuing flurry of social media activity, starting Wednesday.
The group describes themselves as “a group of like-minded LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) students and allies who have formed a private underground community in which we share our life struggles, as well as our love and support for one another,” on their website.
Their homepage includes a letter to administration addressing the conversation regarding LGBTQ identity on campus and the ways in which BQU would like to see it changed.
On Thursday, Biola issued a letter from president Barry Corey alongside a Statement on Human Sexuality. Both statements echoed a desire for engaging in conversations about sexuality and expressed an emphasis on community.
The Statement on Human Sexuality addressed same-sex sexual relationships alongside those of pre- and extra-marital sex, saying: “God’s design for marriage and sexuality is the foundational reason for viewing acts of sexual intimacy between a man and a woman outside of marriage, and any act of sexual intimacy between two persons of the same sex, as illegitimate moral options for the confessing Christian.”
In response to the university’s statement, BQU updated their website on Saturday with a list of questions they felt needed to be addressed, highlighting the issues of students who may deal with “non-conforming gender identity” and “those who do not view their own or other’s homosexuality as ‘a struggle to maintain sexual purity.’”