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Some alumni support Totino-Grace president who resigned after revealing gay relationship

Totino President William Hudson resigned after revealing that he is in a same-sex relationship. Some alumni offered support to him, and to gay, lesbian and transgender students at the Catholic high school in Fridley.

After Totino-Grace President William Hudson revealed he is in a same-sex relationship and then resigned his position, some alumni of the Catholic high school in Fridley expressed support for him and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students at the school.

A petition and open letter of support, written by Sara Graham, had 173 signers Wednesday morning. It was was publicized on the Facebook page of LGBTA Alumni of Totino-Grace, which was created Tuesday night after news of Hudson’s resignation.

Hudson had informed school officials of his relationship, then tendered his resignation. It was accepted.

In a statement, Hudson said:

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Though heartbreaking and painful, I must say that it is freeing to be open about the most important thing in my life and to live an authentic life. For over 20 years I have placed service of the Catholic Church ahead of my family. I am excited to now be able focus on my 2 children and my partner of 18 years as my first priority.

In a letter to the the Totino-Grace community, school officials praised Hudson’s work, but said: “… leading a Catholic school while living in a committed same-sex relationship is not consistent with teachings of the Catholic Church.”

In the open letter of support to Hudson and GLBT students at Totino-Grace, Graham said:

Dr. Hudson, wherever you are, know that we support you. We cannot know the reasons behind your decision, but we thank you for your many years of service to the Totino-Grace community and wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Dr. Hudson and students of the Totino-Grace community who identify as LGBTQ or as Allies, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot know when the Church or the Totino-Grace Administration will revise their policies and choose to include us in their community, but we want you to know that you are a part of OUR community – one that embraces love, equality, and acceptance.