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'Powder Blue Faggot'-Chanting High School in Ohio Refuses to Consider LGBT Anti-Discrimination Policy

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In mid-October a video was circulated showing football fans at North High School in Eastlake, Ohio chanting "powder blue faggots" at the opposing team.

Some new developments (or rather, lack of them) from Cleveland Scene:

"In the wake of the homo taunting, two people with ties to the schools thought it would be a good time to clarify the district’s stance. Eastlake alum and lawyer Jim Helmink and Eastlake biology teacher Rhonda Kesling asked the board to amend the district’s anti-discrimination policy by including sexual orientation. Many districts across the region already include gay and lesbian students as a protected group, among them Cleveland, Mentor, Lakewood, and Lorain public schools. Willoughby-Eastlake, however, does not.But when Helmink and Kesling made their pitch, they got the cold shoulder. Superintendent Keith Miller and board president Margaret Warner refused to even discuss the matter with them, and the district’s lawyer did the same."

Watch a news report on the brush-off from WKYC in Cleveland, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. how would they like students yelling .."Dark Black Niggers"........they wouldn't, and it would not be tolerated.....avoid OHIO!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 18, 2010 1:22:52 PM


  2. Disgusted American:

    Actually, in the Eastlake area, they would probably put up with the N-word as well.

    Not surpised about the board's decision. A lot of right wingers there - the type who work in relatively liberal Cleveland, then commute to their exurb to avoid the gays, the people of color, and non-Republicans.

    Posted by: Hank | Nov 18, 2010 1:30:20 PM


  3. I left Ohio some time ago and this video is one of a multitude of reasons I do not ever regret my decision. Ohio has become a cesspool of every kind of decadent, right-wing, extremist movements. It has gone so far to the right that it is off the meter. It is the vanguard of what the republicon party will become, a process accelerated by the Nov. 2 elections. God help any poor soul who lives there and does not conform to the right-wing, totalitarian group-think.

    Posted by: mike | Nov 18, 2010 2:34:05 PM


  4. I am absolutely NOT defending what happened at this school, or the fact that they are refusing to put an LGBT anti discrimination policy in place...but please get off Ohio's case. We're not all this way. There are some good people in Ohio. Promise.

    Posted by: Anna | Nov 18, 2010 2:43:47 PM


  5. Yeah, but mostly bad people, anna. And that should be directed at those giving you a bad name and not those justifiably responding to it. Change the perception...that many ohioans give it...

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 18, 2010 2:51:36 PM


  6. This is really amazing. If you watch the group hate that was spewed at Nazi rallies in Germany, the vibe is VERY similar. Amazing.

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Nov 18, 2010 2:57:04 PM


  7. Once upon a time 500 LGBTQ people would have showed up at their next game wearing powder blue sweatsuits.

    Now we just whine about how bad people use nasty words.

    Posted by: Bryan | Nov 18, 2010 2:57:22 PM


  8. I'm with Anna. I live in Ohio, too, and it's hardly a right-wing cesspool in spite of the GOP landslide Nov. 2. The coastal snobbery is a bit much considering there have been more stories of gay bashing and murder and whatnot coming from the so-called liberal bastions of New York and DC than there have been in the cultural wasteland.

    Posted by: Meijay | Nov 18, 2010 3:29:25 PM


  9. Anna, Meijay

    Get this school kicked out of its sports league - if they are barred from competing against other schools because of their unsportsmanlike conduct, they'll change their policy.

    Posted by: David | Nov 18, 2010 8:08:27 PM


  10. The fact that adults let this go on says two things ,one that it's a total white trash area,and two that it's a homophobic area and no excuses from anyone near there. This is hateful and disgusting and no it wouldn't be allowed in any area near l.a or New york...

    Posted by: Connor | Nov 18, 2010 9:01:11 PM


  11. Clearly non-discrimination policies would clash with the red in their neck.

    Posted by: X | Nov 18, 2010 10:57:15 PM


  12. Why attack powder blue? The average Manhattan gay Andrew Belonsky type would look like a faggot no matter what color he wore.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2010 11:31:43 PM


  13. That's true, Meijay. Some gay-gays still like to hold on tight to their fantasies that NYC and Los Angeles are soooooo cool and the rest of the country isn't. There've been more gay-bashings in NYC, California, (and Atlanta) than anywhere in the last two years. (And I live in NYC). And, Connor, you haven't been to any sporting events in the NYC area if you think the word "faggot" isn't thrown around freely.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 18, 2010 11:37:09 PM


  14. Sounds like Willoughby to me. Uncouth bunch of motherfuckers. I'm so glad I left Cleveland.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 19, 2010 8:29:25 AM


  15. Connor, you clearly missed the article a few weeks back about the anti-gay taunting in the stands at Yankees games. Oh, and the Yankees play in New York. So by your own definition, that makes New York a whie trash and homophobic place.

    Posted by: Meijay | Nov 19, 2010 8:46:42 AM


  16. Those of you in the NYC, Boston, and DC areas shouldn't delude yourselves into believing that you're "safe" because you live there. Just last year, there was a murder in a Massachusetts gay club. Bashings in NYC and DC have been reported at Towleroad several times.

    I live near Cleveland (not Eastlake or Willoughby, which are in another county). In all the years I've been here, I've never encountered any homophobic remarks, gestures, or the like. Not once. I've been out of the closet since 1985. And no one with eyes can avoid the conclusion that my husband and I are a couple.

    Ohio is not a cesspool of homophobia any more than most of America is. Ohio is a microcosm of of the U. S. in general. It's not for nothing that Ohio has voted with the rest of the country in every Presidential election except one (1960) over the last 100 years.

    Posted by: Hank | Nov 19, 2010 11:06:37 AM


  17. @Hank: How lucky that you've never, not once, encountered any homophobic remarks, gestures or the like. Living in Dayton, Ohio, and having been out almost as long as you, since 1991, I've been been called faggot or queer driving around in my convertible. It happens a lot less lately, but it's happened.

    It's true that Ohio's not a cesspool of homophobia any more than most of America is, but there definitely is homophobia here. In addition to being called faggot driving around in my gay car, I saw the homophobia at Dayton's two sets of hearings on a non-discrimination ordinance, the first, unsuccessfully, in 1999, and the second, successfully, in 2007.

    Ohio's not the worst place in the world or the United States to live in, but face it, we can't even get a vote in our state senate on a statewide non-discrimination bill. Yes, there are gay bashings in more liberal places, but Ohio's not the most homo-friendly place.

    Posted by: David Lauri | Nov 20, 2010 9:13:22 AM


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