South Bend, Ind., Oct 2, 2019 / 15:11 pm
Students and observers are reacting to a hand-painted sign, posted outside an academic hall at the University of Notre Dame, bearing the words "There is Queer Blood on Homophobic Hands." The sign implicates Catholic student journalists, faculty, and alumni for the deaths of people who identify as queer.
According to the Irish Rover, the sign appeared outside DeBartolo Hall, close to the football stadium, the week of Sept. 19. Campus police have since removed it.
In addition to its message painted in blood red, the sign includes pasted articles clipped from The Irish Rover and the Observer, two student publications, that reflect Catholic doctrine on human sexuality, along with pictures of people nationwide who identify as queer and have been killed or committed suicide.
The names of the student journalists, as well as the names of other students, faculty, and alumni of Notre Dame are circled in red paint.