08/02/2013 02:31 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Georgetown's Gay Community Is Connected To D.C., But With Different Advocacy Issues (VIDEO)

Gay students at Georgetown University are making huge strides in integrating an LGBTQ existence into a Catholic school. The university has even elected its first ever gay student body president. But does that sense of inclusiveness carry beyond the Georgetown grounds to the larger community of Washington, D.C.?

HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri posed that question to Thomas Lloyd, president of the school's GUPride organization.

"The gay community itself is pretty well-connected," Lloyd said. "Why? Because we all want to intern in the district. We all intern in the district over the summer. We like to say in D.C."

But there are big differences between the hot-button issues at Georgetown and in Washington at large, especially when it comes to working in advocacy.

"The Georgetown experience is very different because it's very faith-based, whereas most advocacy that you would do in the district isn't that way," Lloyd said. "If you work for the [Human Rights Campaign], if you work for Whitman-Walker Health, you're not going to be engaged in the same religious discourse. The problems that we experience at Georgetown dealing with the tension between religious identity and LGBTQ identity are very different than what we'll do in the district."

Watch the full segment on the LGBTQ experience at Catholic schools at HuffPost Live HERE.



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