COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gay man applying for a position at Colorado College was infuriated by an optional question that reportedly appears on the school’s application, one that give applicants the option to define themselves as “queer.”
John Kichi, a Pennsylvania native, was the man who brought the question to the attention of the Denver Post. The question reportedly makes five gender options available to applicants: Not disclosed, male, female, transgender or queer.
Kichi, who is 66 years old, called the term “queer” one that hails “from the Dark Ages.” However, it appears the gay community in Colorado Springs feels differently, insinuating Kichi’s age bracket might play a role in his negative opinion of the term.
In fact, Charles Irwin, the executive director of the gay rights organization Colorado Springs Pride, told the Post that “today’s youth embraces (the term queer) very well.”
Colorado College officials went so far as to say their inclusion of the word “queer” on their application proves their commitment to diversity, and to those who might identify themselves as “queer.”
So how does Colorado College define the term? According to the school’s office of Minority and International Students, queer is “an umbrella term describing people who have a non-normative gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual anatomy — includes lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, asexual people, transgender people, intersex people, etc.”
The college’s explanation hasn’t seemed to satisfy Kichi, who has reportedly lodged a complaint with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, and said if including the term “queer” on a job application isn’t illegal, “it should be.”