February 22, 2014
Members of the UVa community rallied in Charlottesville on Friday to support the LGBTQ community and keep the lyrics of the school fight song sung the way they are.
UVa students, faculty, and staff gathered on the Rotunda steps and sang the "Good Ole Song."
They would like people to sing the line "we come from old Virginia, where all is bright and gay" without adding "not gay," which some students add in to the lyrics.
The group took a picture wearing red T-shirts to show their solidarity.
"To show solidarity with LGBTQ community as well as to show that we actually stand against the not gay chant and we would like to sing the "Good Ole Song" the right way, and not with any type of extra line or anything like that, because it's good the way it was written," said Scott Rheinheimer, a coordinator at the LGBTQ Student Services and Center.
The LGBTQ student group organized the event as part of their "Love is Love" campaign, which promotes awareness and acceptance off all types of gender identities and sexual preferences.
If you didn't make it out but want to show your support, the group is asking you Tweet or post on Facebook a picture of yourself wearing red and include the hashtag "#loveisloveuva."