Even if you’re the most Christ-affirming, bible-thumping, cross-wearing zealot in your family, if your sister is lesbian, your dad comes out as trans, your mom decides she’s bi or your brother brings home a boyfriend, Trinity Academy in Wichita, Kansas is not the school for you. And administrators of the Christian high school are making sure everybody knows that.
As Patheos reported, the school is requiring prospective and current attendees and their parents to sign an agreement that they will provide a home in line with Trinity’s “orthodox Christian beliefs and practices.”
Not surprisingly, students and their parents are required to accept that the Bible is the “authoritative Word of God and the proper standard for all human conduct,” and to promise to abstain from alcohol, smoking, and sex before marriage. All that’s pretty standard for a school where the ideal student hails from a Christian home and is looking for a “Christ-centered, college-preparatory education.”
But then the shit gets real. Here’s the part where Trinity Academy turns Big Anti-LGBTQ Brother:
“Given the debate and confusion in our society about marriage and human sexuality it is vital that Trinity families agree with and support the school’s traditional, Christian understanding of those issues. Therefore, when the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student.”
So, a student can be as straight as an arrow and still be threatened with expulsion or rejected as an applicant if Trinity’s Christian soldiers find out your family is harboring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer relative.
As Patheos noted, this applies even if they’re celibate, which is an exception to the rule at many fundamentalist schools. A reporter at Gay Star News reached out to Trinity for more information and the school has yet to respond to their request.