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Is This Oregon School Principal Being Fired Because He's Gay? - VIDEO


A group of parents is demanding answers from the Gresham Barlow School District board, claiming that they're not renewing Principal Tom Klansnic's contract because he's gay. Klansnic has worked in the district for nearly ten years, KATU reports:

Denise McCloud is among the parents standing up for Klansnic to find out why his contract is not being renewed. She’s leading a group of parents to attend Thursday night’s district board meeting to find answers. “You know that’s what we’re trying to teach them. That we all stand up together,” she said. “That we all need to be looking out for each other. That we have each other’s back.”

Klansnic's lawyer is considering a lawsuit and believes that indeed, his sexuality is at the root of it:

“Mr. Klansnic went through a divorce and he revealed openly that he was gay. And his relationship with the distict changed almost immediately.”


UPDATE: There's a Change.org petition calling on the school board not to get rid of him.

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  1. Gresham seems like a hell hole. This is like the fourth blatantly anti-gay situation that's occurred in this city the past month.

    As sad as it is, I'm not at all surprised this would happen. The education field is conservative through high school, and is anti-gay. Homophobes have no shame and should not be near kids.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 8, 2013 10:55:07 AM

  2. Well! I personally can't understand why ANYONE would want to live in such a backward state full of wingnuts. He should just MOVE.


    Posted by: ESA | Mar 8, 2013 11:28:46 AM

  3. Suburban/rural Oregon towns are just as bad as Texas.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 8, 2013 11:47:05 AM

  4. Come to Canada!

    Posted by: Gigi | Mar 8, 2013 12:01:27 PM

  5. Gresham is the suburb of Portland where all the trashy people seem to wind up. One of the phone number exchanges is "666-" and I am not kidding. He can come to Portland city or the western burbs and be happy and open.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Mar 8, 2013 12:22:14 PM

  6. He has worked in the district for ten years now and no doubt has made many friends of the parents and kids. Why should he move?

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Mar 8, 2013 1:25:30 PM

  7. My comment was meant in pure sarcasm, folks.

    Posted by: ESA | Mar 8, 2013 2:50:41 PM

  8. I think someone has to talk about ENDA - it's still legal to fire someone just be cause their gay into 32 states - perfectly legal - our next flight after June - onward soldiers!

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 9, 2013 2:58:17 AM

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