Tag Archives: education

Drag Activism At FL High School

Openly gay Ocala, Florida high school student Justin Reynolds was well-received by his fellow students last week when he appeared for classes in (very casual) drag as way to highlight gender identity discrimination. But the school sent him home anyway. Inside the halls of any typical American public high school, the outfit would hardly be construed as outlandish: a V-neck ...

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Don’t Say Gay

Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield doesn’t want teachers to be allowed to even say the word “gay” to students. Rep. Stacey Campfield said he believes the issue of homosexuality can be too complicated for young minds to understand. Campfield filed, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would essentially ban teachers from talking about the topic. “I think our teachers need ...

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Anti-Gay Christian Student Group

The Alliance Defense Fund, the losing-est Christianist outfit ever, has lost again. UC Hastings College of the Law can deny recognition and funding to a Christian student group because it excludes gays, lesbians and non-Christians, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The San Francisco law school is entitled to require official student organizations to “accept all comers as members, even ...

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No Obama Mask For White 5th Grader

The 5th grade adopted son of a gay couple in Portland, Oregon has been told that he can’t wear an Obama mask during a school talent show. His parents say it’s because their son is white. “I understand the history of blackface and how African Americans were caricatured by it,” said Scott Lechert. “However, we now have a popular biracial ...

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ACLU Backs Lesbian Over Prom Tux

How can these silly battles still be going on? A 17-year-old Boone County girl has sued Lebanon Schools after her high school principal told her she could not wear a tuxedo to the school’s April 25 prom but would have to wear a dress. The Lebanon High School senior, whose name is not revealed in the lawsuit, is a lesbian ...

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Ongina Delivers Gift To LGBT High School

The NYT City Room blog reports that RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Ongina has hand-delivered a $25,000 donation from the MAC Cosmetics AIDS Fund to NYC’s Hetrick-Martin High school, which serves LGBT students who’ve had difficulty in regular public schools. The school is noted for being a space where students do not have to conform, where girls can declare their orientation ...

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Canadian Students Wearing Pink Today In Anti-Bullying Campaign

Ah, Canada. Nanaimo students will wear pink today, along with tens of thousands of British Columbians, to show they will not tolerate bullying. As part of a provincewide campaign, Wednesday has been recognized as a day to don pink to deliver the anti-bullying message. The protest started after an incident at a Nova Scotia school in September 2007, when a ...

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NYU Protests Get Ugly

Things got out of control last night at the continuing tuition protest at NYU. Riot police used pepper spray and at least one student was beaten with a baton. Students are demanding that the school reveal its operating budget and endowments and that some scholarships be granted to students from the Gaza Strip. The school’s cafeteria has been “occupied” for ...

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GMU’s New Homecoming Queen

Virginia’s George Mason University had a real queen for Homecoming this year. Ryan Allen, a popular host of the George Mason University’s yearly drag show, was elected its homecoming queen over the weekend in an emotional crowning ceremony at halftime of the sold-out GMU vs. Northeastern basketball game at the Patriot Center. He beat out two female finalists after a ...

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Georgia Rep. Charlice Byrd Wants To Fire “Disgusting” Queer Theory Profs

Georgia state Rep. Charlice Byrd wants to fire every university professor who teaches such “disgusting” classes as queer theory. (Or anything else to do with sex or gayness, apparently.) Sounds like somebody wants to be the next Sally Kern. Since Byrd wants you to contact representatives and complain about perverted classes on dirty homo sex, you should start with her: ...

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Cornell Students Stage Valentine’s Kiss-In

The University of Colorado wasn’t the only place to stage a Valentine’s kiss-in for homo visibility today. Love — or, at least, lust — was in the air on Ho Plaza at 12:15 p.m. A group of roughly 20 students lined up to hold a colorful banner that read “QUEER KISSIN’ … in progress” and then proceeded have a queer ...

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Spanish Families Defy Mandatory Homosexual Indoctrination!

Last week a Spanish court ruled that parents may not take their children out of classes that teach about LGBT rights. Some Spanish families are rebelling, as demonstrated by the above video. From the Christianist LifeSiteNews, where I also got the title of this post. Spanish families who are resisting their government’s mandatory homosexualist indoctrination program have made a video ...

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Flash Mobbing For Equality

Students at the University of Colorado are planning an interesting demonstration today. Most Friday mornings, the fountain area outside the University Memorial Center serves as hub for any number of run-of-the-mill student activities, from studying and chatting with friends to just passing through on the way to class. Just before noon this Friday, however, the University of Colorado’s Dalton Trumbo ...

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Another Gay-Straight Club Suit In Florida

Two high school students in Jacksonville, Florida are being backed by the ACLU in their lawsuit to establish a gay-straight club. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed the suit Tuesday in federal court on behalf of Yulee High School students Hannah Page, a freshman, and Jacob Brock, a junior. The lawsuit claims violations of the First Amendment and ...

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The Kids Are Alright

Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas has a Gay and Straight Alliance club and last year elected an openly gay homecoming king. And yesterday, hundreds of its students poured into the streets to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church. The school’s administration and principal worked with local police and dismissed classes so that these hundreds of beautiful future ...

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Spain: Parents May Not Remove Their Children From Gay Rights Lessons

A Spanish court has ruled that parents will not be allowed to have their children opt out of civics classes that mention gay rights. Parents in Spain who do not want their children to attend civics classes that include lessons on gay rights do not have the right to conscientiously object, a court has ruled. The Roman Catholic church is ...

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CA Court: Religious Schools Can Expel Gays

A disappointing ruling from California in the case of the Christian school whose teacher spied on students’ MySpace pages and had two girls expelled for being gay. After a Lutheran school expelled two 16-year-old girls for having “a bond of intimacy” that was “characteristic of a lesbian relationship,” the girls sued, contending the school had violated a state anti-discrimination law. ...

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Wisconsin: Furor Over Gay Questionnaire

Over at World Net Daily and on Free Republic the wingnuts are going crazy over the claim that a rural high school teacher in Wisconsin gave high school seniors a questionnaire that asked these questions: What do you think caused your heterosexuality? When and how did you decide you were a heterosexual? Is it possible that your heterosexuality is just ...

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Name Clash For Gay Student Groups At San Diego Community Colleges

This should provoke some interesting discussion. In San Diego, gay student associations at two community colleges are clashing with administrators over the acronym for their name: FAGS. Members of gay and lesbian clubs at two San Diego community colleges say campus administrators have violated their free speech rights by repeatedly blocking attempts to advertise their shared acronym: FAGS. Frye stands ...

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Anti-Gay Books Battle In Virginia

It’s Banned Books Week at the nation’s libraries and Christianists in Virginia are using the opportunity to get anti-gay and “ex-gay” books into schools. During a week that librarians nationwide are highlighting banned books, conservative Christian students and parents showcased their own collection outside a Fairfax County high school yesterday — a collection they say was banned by the librarians ...

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