Winona State University: Outdoor Speech Restrictions
In April 2012, the GLBTA Partnership at Winona State University planned to hold a "Day of Silence" event and requested permission from WSU to position mannequin torsos bearing various epithets and slurs on campus. The university prohibited GLBTA from displaying the torsos in or near WSU's outdoor gazebo, claiming that school-aged children would be on the campus and that it "would not be appropriate to expose" them to the language. Following a letter from FIRE, WSU defended as "reasonable" its decision to allow the outdoor display of the mannequins only from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.-an unreasonable restriction.
- "Letter from Winona State University to FIRE, April 23, 2012," April 23, 2012
- "FIRE letter to Winona State University, April 20, 2012," April 20, 2012
- "GLBTA Partnership "Day of Silence" Mannequin," April 16, 2012