Alabama Students At LGBTQ-Friendly School Called Slurs After Ad By GOP Gov Candidate Shows Their Faces

Birmingham’s CBS News affiliate reports:

The principal of Magic City Acceptance Academy is fighting back against what he calls a “disgusting” television advertisement by Tim James, a Republican candidate for Alabama governor.

Michael Wilson, the founding principal of Magic City Acceptance Academy, said he was shocked when he saw the ad, which uses images from a school fundraiser showing the faces of staff and students. The photos were likely lifted from the school’s social media site, he said.

The initial advertisement, titled “Genesis,” shows images of the school and of a drag show fundraiser as James’ voice denounces the institution. “And now, right here in Alabama, millions of your tax dollars are paying for the first transgender public school in the South,” James said in the ad. “Enough of this foolishness.”

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Magic City is a pro-LGBTQ public charter school. Since the ad ran, someone drove by the school shouting slurs and a woman attempted to film students.

James’ campaign says if the students’ parents are upset about his ad, they should remove their children from the “ungodly” school. There’s much more at the link.

Last week Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a raft of anti-trans bills and a version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. James is obviously trying to outdo her.