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This Christian university student’s coming out is one for the history books

George Fox University student Reid Arthur came out in dramatic fashion.
George Fox University student Reid Arthur came out in dramatic fashion.Photo: screenshot

When Reid Arthur decided to come out, he did it with flair. A student at a Christian university, Arthur literally had a big reveal.

The George Fox University student performed Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down” during a school lip-sync battle and his backup dancers yanked off his sleeves to reveal rainbow tassels midway through his performance. He was met with loud cheers and whistles after his big reveal.

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Arthur won the competition. He said he would donate the $500 prize to the Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens.

George Fox is a Quaker university, but students say it is not supportive of LGBTQ students and staff.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to reflect student and staff experiences at the school.

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