PFOX is outraged that a Maryland school board member is “disgusted” by their flier campaign telling students that they don’t have to “choose” to be gay.
“We call on the Montgomery County Board of Education to enforce its Nondiscrimination Policy and censure Superintendent Starr immediately,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX. “The Policy mandates that schools provide ‘an atmosphere where differences are understood and appreciated, and where all persons are treated fairly and with respect in an environment free of discrimination and … abuse.’ Clearly Starr has violated the Board’s Policy,” said Griggs. “Starr’s verbal abuse, disrespectful behavior, and slurs against the ex-gay community amount to hate and illegal sexual orientation discrimination, which are all forbidden by the Policy.” According to media reports, Starr is discussing with his staff how to turn the fliers into a learning experience for students. “Starr does not respect diversity and is creating an unsafe school environment,” said Griggs.
NOTE: The media spokesdouche for the Maryland campaign has been FRC’s Peter Sprigg, who has called for the criminalization of homosexuality.