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An Open Letter to the Westmont Community

February 1, 2011

Submitted to the Westmont Horizon on January 18th, 2011. Last updated July 3, 2013.

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Dear Westmont,

We are a group of alumni who were moved by Artie Van Why’s letter in the November 16th Horizon. That article was not written by a Westmont student. However, it resonated for those of us who, as Westmont students, experienced doubt, loneliness and fear due to the college’s stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. We affirm, with Artie, that it does get better and hope that it will get better at Westmont too.

We offer our names as proof that LGBT people do exist within the Westmont community:

James S. Adams ’88
Miguel Angel Aguilar ‘10
Rev. Dr. Alan R. Akana ’82
Josh Alamillo ’12
Liz Barnes ’81
Mark Benson ’65
Jesse Bernal ’05
Rebecca Bodor ’83
Emerson Boyle ’11
Robyn Brammer ’87
Andrew Brewer ’79
Rev. Dr. Beth Buckingham-Brown ’85
Melanie Day ‘09
John Denissen ’81
Andrew DeVore ’93
Jessie Drake ’11
Brooke Drake (Edmondson) ’94
Melissa Durkee ‘00
Jay Edwards ’90
Evan Engle ’09
Eva Glover ‘10
Sarah Groeneveld ‘08
Lindy Giusta ’06
Karen Gunderson ’77
Hannah Gustavson ‘10
Sabrina Haley ’00
Rev. Dr. Jennifer A. Harvey, ’93
Caroline Hoag ’79
Marti Johnson ’99
Debbie King ’74
Nancy King ’80
Josh LaMar ‘02
Jennifer Lorden ‘07
Rev. Darren McDonald ‘02
Erich Miller ’91
Kerstin Mooneyham ‘09
Michael King Moore ’82
Alyssa Nitchun ’00
Alexis Ortiz ‘06
Kathy Patterson ’84
Randy Pencin ’93
David Platt ‘91
Gil Resultan ’87
Sara Reynolds ’11
Eric Rindal ’10
Dr. Jallen Rix ‘86
Josh Roby ‘99
Sue Sadler ‘85
Darla L. Shaffer ’86
Cheri Spencer ’81
Tyler (formerly Kelly) Slattery ‘10
Hillary Southard (Gallacher) ’03
Jennifer Stoughton ’93
Lucy Suros ’94
Deb Tullmann ‘00
Sara Volle ’05
Nathan Welty ‘08
Jenny Wheat ’12
Hannah Miller Wilder ‘02
Jenny Yates ’88
Colleen Young ’82
Shpetim Zero ’00

We allies support our LGBT friends and classmates:

Alexis Alegria ’06
Millicent Cox Ambroggio ‘96
Brannon Anderson ’00
Jon Annett ’03
Kate Apostle ’08
Alicia Archambault ’11
Paul Arganbright ’74
Elaine Arkin ’06
Lindsey (Kwartz) Ballinger ’06
Nathan Ballinger ’05
Amanda Bancroft ’09
Cari Base ’09
Bethany Morookian Bentley ’96
Diana (Hochstedt) Butler Bass ’81
Suzanne Bates ’83
Megan Burwell ’06
Monica Carter ’96
Ravyn Cervantes ‘10
Ruth Cheadle ‘08
Gracie Chisholm ’03
Alex Coleman ‘10
Sonya Coles ’07
Alison Criss ’05
Amanda Crowley ’08
Kirsten Cruzen ’99
Jordan Cunnings ’08
Rev. Ben Daniel ’90
Kelly Gruver Davio ‘04
Peter Davio ‘02
Debra Davis (Giblin-Davis) ’76
Nikki Delahooke ’10
Dan Derby ‘00
Rebecca Edwards ’07
Jonathan Ekblad ‘07
Rose Elfman ’06
Michael Ericksen ‘07
Anders Erickson ‘07
Jen Forbes ’09
Cambria Forden ‘05
Betsie Frei ’06
Kevin Funkhouser ’05
Tori (Lund) Funkhouser ’07
Katie Gaddini ’06
Daniel Elias Galicia ’07
Dianna Garrett ’81
Kristen Gaylord ‘09
Jeff Given ’05
Jennifer Goebel ’05
Taylor Gray ’08
TeriAnn Grimes ‘06
Julia Guan ’08
Jena Gray Gunderson ‘01
Phillip Grigsby ’10
Joel Gunderson ‘99
Hannah Guzik ’07
Diana Hall ’07
Mikie Hall ’10
Amy Halliburton ’06
Lindsay Hardgrave ’08
Chris Hayashida-Knight ‘00
Rebecca Hensley ’06
Kellie Nicole Hicks ’08
Jessica Hipple ’08
Alex Hodson ‘07
Colleen James Howell ’99
Ryan Howell ’98
Grete Howland ‘03
Felix S. Huang ’11
Angelica Huato-Nelson ‘01
Mark Huntsman ’97
Lisa Nasby Jacobs ’02
Bethany Jacobs ’05
Kati Jagger ‘08
Melissa Johnson ’07
Sandra Redd Johanson  ’78
Derek Jones ’03
Joshua Keaney ’01
Lauren Keener-Gonzalez ’08
Rachel Kelly ‘08
Dori (Santos) Koehler ’99
Liane Koh ’08
Robyn Kwartz ’08
Suzanne Labadie ’01
George Lee ’04
Juliana Lee ’06
Tyler Leivo ‘09
Lizzy LeRud ’07
Anna Lieberman ‘09
Daniel London ’05
Kaci L. W. Lynch ’06
Caroline Main ’11
Christine Manley ’06
Adam Marshall ’08
Lynne Martens ‘08
Jeremy Martin ‘07
Amanda Mathisen Stylianou ’06
Rev. Deborah (House) Matthews ’96
Katie Matsumoto ’11
Matthew McGraw ’97
Aaron McGregor ’07
Ed Melendez ’91
Jane Messah-Ericksen ‘06
Jacob Miller ’11
Monique Mitchell ‘07
Hannah Rae Moore ’11
Chandra Morris ’07
Laurie Niesen ’10
Hannah Notess ’03
Meghan Nowell ’09
Darcy O’Brien ‘01
Jessica Osborn ’06
Jeannette Page ‘08
Sarah Palm ‘07
Jonathan Palmquist ’11
Jessica Papp ‘10
Jenna Pederson ’06
Dan Percival ’96
Linnae Himsl Peterson ’80
Britta K Phillips ‘01
Chris Phillips ’00
Joel Pierson ‘01
Katie Pinson ’10
Rachel Prandini ’06
Lucas Price ’01
Nicholas Price ‘06
Katie Rea ’08
Susan (Roosenberg) Reinhart ’67
Seth A Roby ‘03
Melissa Rodriguez ’91
Julie Roley ’90
Katrina Romanowsky ‘05
Cora Rose ‘07
Jessica (Weber) Roy ’07
Kjesten Rubke ’05
Cheryl Rusnak ‘01
Adrienne Samaniego ’08
Erica Sells ’05
Cesie Delve Scheuermann ’80
Rachel Scholten ’11
Cory Schoolland ‘08
Joshua Schroeder ’08
Erin Sells ‘03
Sandra Anderson Sittser ’81
Kim Skadan ’02
Katie Slottje ’01
Erica Stetz ’10
Deb St. Julien, ’77
Sara Sullivan ’97
Zack Turner ’06
Jessie Twigg-Harris ’99
Chelsea Unruh ‘03
Lesley Unruh ’96
Marlene Valderrama ’08
Alan Van Wyk ’95
Brent Velthoen ‘95
Julianna Gustafson Velthoen ‘96
Don Volle ’73
Sarah-Sue Wadell (Orman) ’01
Brittney Wagner ’07
Lauren Wallace ’05
Andrea Warren ’96
Kim Post Watson ’82
Ryan Weeda ’06
Benjamin Wenzel ’07
Samantha Williams Werley ’05
Ashley Werner ’08
Ben Westrup ’05
Diana White ’77
Justin Whittet ’07
Judy Martin Williams ’82
Eric Winter ‘08
Jimmy Wittrock ’10
Ben Woerner ‘99
Michelle Wolff ’05
Brian Wright ’90
Rebecca Johnson Wright ’91

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