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Suburban theater employees leave over perceived anti-LGBTQ policy
2021-07-17

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At least two employees of a Christian-oriented suburban theater company—Sophie Murk and Will Higgins—have resigned in recent weeks, citing its policy toward LGBTQ+ students, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The exits from Cary-based Christian Youth Theater (CYT) Chicago were prompted by a document issued by CYT Chicago's board aligning itself with "traditional beliefs of God, the Bible, sexuality, marriage, human identity and gender."

The statement read, "Speech and behavior of students, parents and staff must comply with a biblical standard, at least while on site and for the duration of the CYT Chicago programs in which these families and students are participating."

Employees are required to sign the statements to work at CYT Chicago this fall.

Higgins said that approximately 80 teachers, directors and volunteers—some involved with CYT since they were young kids or teens—also have pledged to resign.

According to CYT Chicago's website, the company s a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, theater arts training program for students ages 5—18. Nationally, CYT is the largest children's theater organization in the country, with more than 38 locations in 25 different cities and enrolling 18,000 students annually.

The full article is at chicago.suntimes.com/2021/7/15/22577332/christian-youth-theater-chicago-cyt-lgbtq-policy-resign.


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