Matt Kidd is a homosexual with an MBA from New York University. He heads up an organization called Reaching Out MBA that puts on a conference every year, including a job fair, for college-level members of the LGBT community. Campus Reform reported:
According to Matt Kidd, executive director of Reaching Out MBA, 10 percent of the 1,100 attendees at last year’s conference identified as straight. Because of that, this year’s attendees are now required to submit an essay on why they wish to attend the conference or be recommended through campus LGBT organizations so that the conference can vet potential attendees.
Kidd toldBloomberg Businessweekthat the conference wasn’t trying to exclude LGBT-allies and also recognized that several conference attendees come from large, southern MBA programs where the LGBT students may not feel as readily accepted and may not be as readily apt to divulge their sexual preference.
But Kidd said that the straight students attending the job fair were “offensive” as LGBT-identifying students overheard things such as “Dude, I’m not gay” or “There needs to be less focus on gay stuff at this event.”
The Reaching Out MBA conference includes events such as “LGBT talent career expo,” a “women and diversity reception,” and “personal finances for LGBTQs” panel.
But Chequeta Allen, executive director of the career management center at William & Mary’s business school, disagrees with Kidd.
“There are recruiters [at the job fair] who are happy to talk to anyone that’s talented,” she said. “The idea of those groups is to ensure inclusiveness, not to say, ‘we only want LGBT people.’”
If it had been a job fair appealing to Blacks, Asians, or Hispanics, the organizers would get upset at white people showing up.
But if there had been a job fair meant only for white people, well, that in and of itself would be racist. If there had been a job fair meant only for straight people, that would be homophobic. Especially if organizers at those events expressed dismay at all the non-white or “gay” people showing up to crash their party. The party-crashers would be yelling about intolerance and bigotry and exclusion. And the job fair organizers would be investigated for hate crimes.