A truly stand-up Guy
Though known for being a history and sociology teacher at Northwood, Greg Guy was commended for something different in college, which led to his own commemorative day recognized by the city of San Francisco on his graduation day: May 24, 2003.
“It came about by doing what I thought was the right thing—that’s the simple way I tell the story,” said Guy.
The incident began with a lacrosse game between Guy’s undergraduate university, Berkeley, and another university when the fans from the opposing team began calling out one of Guy’s team members for being homosexual.
“They were yelling awful things about him, at him, threats and really, really terrible stuff. By the end of the game, he was a wreck. I mean, this is one of my best friends and he’s just this blubbering mess,” said Guy. “I was the president of the team at the time, and so I thought it was my duty to stand up for the team and for my friend. And so I did what I’m good at and I wrote letters. I wrote a letter to the university, I wrote a letter to the league, I wrote a letter to the head officials because they should’ve done something about it, I wrote a letter to a couple of newspapers in the Bay Area and in the area of the school.”
The letters he wrote resulted in the requirement for the fans of the other university to be 50 yards from the sideline when cheering for some time. Eventually, the San Francisco Chronicle discovered the story and the information eventually reached Guy’s cousin. His cousin showed the information to City Hall, and on the night of his graduation, Guy was presented with the proclamation announcing “Gregory Douglas Guy Day” in San Francisco.
“I’m pretty proud of it. It’s something that’s really unique. It was really special at the time. I like it, because I didn’t do something specifically for it. Personally, that’s something that makes me proud. I did what I thought was right. I wasn’t looking for the reward at the end of the tunnel. I was standing up for my friends, like how I hope everyone would do. I forget about it sometimes, and then I see it again and I’m like ‘Oh that’s pretty cool!’ It’s a neat reminder to do what’s right,” said Guy.
Besides teaching, Guy also advises for the Gay-Straight Alliance club and coaches youth lacrosse.
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