It’s moments like this where being an advocate pays off. My school now has a gender neutral bathroom open, and even though I’m a senior and won’t get a lot of use out of it, I know that I’m helping students in the future. Even though it’s a single stall sort of deal, since we didn’t have money to build a whole new bathroom it’s still progress. I hope that more people advocate all over so that future generations don’t have to.
At Franklin County High School in Tennessee, parents are so riled up over the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance that they’ve compared the club to ISIS.
The tensions got so high that members of the school board had to consider shutting the club down – even though it’s illegal to allow other extracurricular clubs but ban a GSA. Thankfully, amid emotional testimony from people on all sides of the debate, they decided to keep the GSA going.
Some parents said sexuality, at least gay sexuality, is one topic that doesn’t belong in school. “I’m not going to stand for my children to be [subjected] to homosexuality in the school system,” parent Robert Widelick said at the meeting, according to the Daily News Journal.
The GSA’s supporters and schools director Lonas have countered that the club isn’t sexual in nature. “It’s not necessarily talking about sexuality,” Lonas told Huntsville, Ala., TV station WAFF. “It’s more about being accepting of others and the differences that we all have.”
Freshman Kevin Hamrick, a member of the GSA, said the group is needed. “Our community demeans the LGBT community so much that there has to be something to stop it,” he said Monday night.
He also told board members, “You can take us down. You can take our signs down. You can take the tears out of our eyes. But we still have a legal right to keep meeting.”
My heart is right there with all these brave young people who defended themselves against ignorance and hatred at every level. You all inspire me.
This weekend at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Canada, half of the graduating class wore rainbow socks to their commencement ceremony to celebrate their school’s newly-formed GSA. Half of them. At a Catholic school. You are doing it right. (via ABC News)
Today I went to a faculty bbq and ended up chatting with a coworker of mine about the popularity of my lgbt book selection with the students. And the kids we have who are out/coming out. And her collection of lgbt plays in her theater library.
Both she and I are pretty out at work, her with her wife and me with my bi flag shoes.
But anyway, so we’ve decided to start a GSA at our school. There are a few other teachers we think we can get to help, and we told our principal we are gonna do it.