Gay Student Group at Odds With San Diego Community Colleges

Two sides battle over group's acronym, FAGS.


The Fellowship of Associated Gay Students & Straight Allies, otherwise known as FAGS, has clashed with administrators at two San Diego community colleges over fliers and posters emblazoned with the eye-catching acronym, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

San Diego City College and San Diego Mesa College have asked the two chapters of the group to remove or alter the materials after receiving complaints from offended faculty, staff, and students. But the groups' president says the school has violated students' free speech rights and defended the provocative name, saying, "We wanted something with a little pop to it, and we wanted to neutralize an epithet, like a lot of groups have done with the word 'queer.'"