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Missouri Teacher Suspended For Showing 1950s 'Stranger Danger' Gay Pedophile Film: VIDEO


A history teacher in Missouri has been suspended after showing a 1959 police training video to demonstrate how attitudes to homosexuality have changed in the intervening years, reports FOX.

MKen Simon (above), who has been teaching at Raymore Peculiar High School for 47 years, was removed from his classroom just weeks before retirement following complaints from a student.

The film states that homosexuals “demand an intimate relationship with members of their own sex” and shows a forming relationship between a man and a boy.

Now, parents and others in the community and district have signed a petition to reinstate Simon.

Donna McDonald, one of 1,300 people who have signed the petition, said:

“Everyone who knows him knows how wonderful he is. If there were more teachers like him, it would be a better place. We have to stand behind our teachers.”

The Raymore-Peculiar school superintendent has refused to comment.

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John Oliver Schools Us on Why Standardized Testing Sucks: VIDEO


It's testing season for schools all across the country and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is here to explain just how much of a nightmare standardized testing can be for teachers and students alike.

"This is a system which has enriched multiple companies and that pays and fires teachers with a cattle birthing formula, confuses children with talking pineapples, and has the same kind of rules of transparency that Brad Pitt had for Fight Club.


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Ellen Has a Surprise for the Straight Guy and the Gay Best Friend He Invited to Prom: VIDEO


Last week we reported on Anthony Martinez, the gay student at Desert Oasis High School, who tweeted that he really wanted a guy as his date to prom. Jacob Lescenski, his straight best friend, stepped in with a "promposal" that is one of the sweetest we've ever seen.

Ellen invited the two best friends on her show to let more of the world know their story.

2_promposalLescenski, who is as sincere and genuine as his promposal, explained how he came to accept and embrace Martinez's crush on him, and become a supporter of gay rights, deciding to express himself with a gesture of love for his friend.

Said Ellen:

"If that can't be an example for people in the world to know that we just - that you have a date with your friend who you had a crush on and he's open-minded enough to do this. We have teachers who drove in from Las Vegas, your parents are in the audience. Good for you.

I just wanted to say I know that there are some schools out there that don't support this and wouldn't allow this to happen and it's really a shame because prom is very important to a lot of people."

She then rewarded the couple for making a difference.


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'Vulgar' Straight Pride Posters Removed at Ohio's Youngstown State University: VIDEO

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Posters promoting “straight pride” week at an Ohio university have been removed after it was determined that the message went beyond free speech, reports ABC News.

Straight pride posterThe posters in Youngstown State University encouraged students to "go about your day without telling everyone about how 'different' you are."

However, student leaders in consultation with university officials said that while they believe the posters were meant as satire, the message was inappropriate.

Student Government President Michael Slavens said:

"If you actually read through it, it seemed like it went way further than a free speech issue. There were swear words and took it a little further than the average free speech should go."

University spokesman Ron Cole added that the posters go against the college’s mission to create a diverse campus.

A statement from the student government reads in part:

“It has been brought to the attention of several SGA Executive Board members that ‘Straight Pride’ posters have been hung across campus, seemingly in response to LGBTQIA efforts to promote diversity and foster a culture of acceptance on campus. Though SGA respects the free speech of all YSU students, these postings were not authorized, contained vulgar language, and, unfortunately, miss the point of minority activism.

“When individuals belong to dominant societal cohorts (Caucasian, male, heterosexual, etc.) it is very easy to state ‘We have nothing against your sexual orientation’ and to claim that efforts to raise awareness are ‘annoying.’ For minorities who every day face discrimination and marginalization, such efforts are necessary – without zeal and persistence, sociology teaches that minority concerns very easily go by the wayside. Thus, dismissing the efforts of LGBTQIA students to push for equitable treatment as unnecessary is dangerous because it catalyzes discrimination, whether meant to do so or not.”

Watch a WKBN report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last year, posters advertising "Straight White Guy Pride" appeared in a gay-friendly area of Columbus, Ohio.

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Anti-gay Pennsylvania High School Students Wear Flannel, Harass Peers To Protest National Day Of Silence: VIDEO

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A group of students at a Pennsylvania high school dissatisfied with the national Day of Silence event, which is designed to raise awareness of LGBT bullying, organized an "Anti-Gay Day" on Thursday before the Silence event on Friday, wearing flannel and writing the phrase "Anti-Gay" on their hands reports The Advocate. The national Day of Silence event is a largely peaceful event, but the students taking part in the "Anti-Gay Day," hung posters on LGBT students lockers and physically harassed LBGT peers within the hallways of McGuffey High School.

The group utilized social media to spread the event, posting pictures of themselves in flannel and planned on enacting additional anti-gay events with the first event lasting a full week. Groups like Focus on the Family and the Illinois Family Institute have organized several of their own anti-gay day events such as walkouts and their version of the day of silence called "Day of Dialogue," which they claim is designed to get Christians’ voices heard on the matter in what they deem a "loving, respectful manner." However, LGBT students and their supporters at McGuffey High School encountered the complete opposite of a "loving, respectful" event.

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 5.54.35 AMSaid student Zoe Johnson (pictured right):

"There was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students' lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down. It hurts me to see how rude and cruel, and some of these people were my friends before this started."

McGuffey School District administrators are currently investigating the incident with the school’s superintendent, Dr. Erica Kolat, announcing that the school will "follow our Student Code of Conduct, and file legal citations as warranted…We will resolve to ensure that all children can grow and learn in a safe, supportive environment free from discrimination." However, students remain skeptical about returning to the school as a lynch list with students' names on it is reportedly circulating throughout the school.

Watch WPXI-TV’s report on the incident, AFTER THE JUMP

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GOP Introduces Resolution To Kill Anti-LGBT Discrimination Ban In D.C. Religious Schools: VIDEO


A GOP representative has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House calling on Congress to kill a bill passed by the Washington, D.C. City Council that would ban discrimination against LGBT students in religious schools, reports the Washington Blade.

220px-Mark_Meadows,_Official_Portrait,_113th_CongressThe resolution presented by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) was co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and Values Voter Summit attendee Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) (right).

In a statement issued Wednesday explaining her opposition to the D.C. Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014, Hartzler - who has compared same-sex marriage to polygamy, incest and pedophilia - said:

“By passing this act, the D.C. City Council has infringed on the fundamental right of religious freedom. No faith-based school should be forced to endorse, fund, or sponsor groups that do not share their beliefs.”

The 2014 legislation calls for repealing a provision in the 1989 D.C. Human Rights Act exempting religious schools from having to comply with the Human Rights Act’s ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Hartzler has also introduced a resolution seeking to kill the D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act which would ban employers from discriminating based on their personal reproductive health decisions.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled a markup hearing to finalize the second resolution. It is not yet known if the committee intends to markup Hartzler’s resolution targeting the Human Rights Amendment Act during that same hearing.

Hartzler opponents said the resolutions are unlikely to pass. Instead, she aims to gain support for the ultimate goal which is to kill both bills by persuading Congress to attach an amendment to the D.C. appropriations bill blocking the city from implementing the two measures.

In 2011, Hartzler told a gay med student that he "shouldn't feel bad" about a constitutional amendment she helped pass banning same-sex marriage in Missouri because gays were already banned from marrying by statute.

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