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South Carolina Christian College Bans Homosexuality After Two Athletes Courageously Come Out

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Erskine College, South Carolina has banned homosexuality after volleyball players Drew Davis and Juan Varona (above) came out last year.

OutSports reports that although Davis and Varona found support from their teammates, a statement from the college is likely to drive “a no-gays policy at the school and create an atmosphere where LGBT people do not feel safe.”

The February 20th “Statement on Human Sexuality” reads in part:

Erskine“We believe the Bible teaches that all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage is sinful and therefore ultimately destructive to the parties involved. As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.”

Varona told OutSports that the statement “makes me disappointed because I have never received anything but kind treatment from everyone at this school, and my sexual orientation is no secret.”

He added:

"I feel that in the time that we are living right now, where even in the conservative state of South Carolina same-sex marriage is legal, the school took several steps back instead of progressing towards a future where everyone can be treated as an equal, which is a future most of the country is moving towards.

"I understand the religious stand on adultery, which is part of the Ten Commandments in the Bible, and that would apply to heterosexual and homosexual people. But when I saw the mention of sexual orientation being an issue, it just made me sad and worried for other gay people who might be struggling with confidence to come out."


Kentucky Senate Panel Approves Discriminatory Transgender Bathroom Bill

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What is with the anti-trans crowd's obsession with bathrooms? Do they think trans kids are all Eric Cartman, sticking a bow on their head and faking it to get some nefarious need met?

This past Monday the Kentucky Senate Education Committee revisited and approved Senate Bill 76 in an 8-1 vote in an attempt to force transgender students to use the bathroom at their school that matches their biological sex rather than their gender identification. In a particularly shady move, the committee kept its agenda for Monday in perpetual "Pending" status and no mention of the bill was ever made to the public until it was brought up at the meeting.

Opponents called the bill "mean-spirited" and contended that it may violate federal law governing the equal treatment of male and female students. Proponents claim that transgender rights are being elevated above student rights and that they don't feel comfortable with trans students using the "wrong" bathroom.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to approve the bill and pass it on to the Democratic-controlled House.


Riot Leaves One Dead After Students Try to Lynch Gay Classmates at School in Ghana

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St. Paul’s Senior High School in Danu, Ghana had a riot on their hands last week when students in the all-boys school reportedly tried to lynch two of their own on accusations of sodomy. Allegedly two boys were caught in the act, so the rest of the student body tried to deliver what they called 'instant justice.' Teachers generally are opposed to their students trying to murder each other, even in the world's most homophobic country, so two teachers intervened to try and stop the lynching.

The results were disastrous. The students rioted, stormed the teacher's bungalow, smashed car windscreens, destroyed school property, barricaded the roads in the school compound and burned truck tires. When the police were called in, the students began throwing rocks at the police, who in turn fired warning shots to try to disperse the mob. Unfortunately, one of the warning shots turned lethal as it struck student Adio Rakhib in the head and the boy was allegedly allowed to bleed out on the ground until classmates transported him via bicycle first to a clinic and later a hospital. The boy did not survive.

Rakhib's uncle, Yushau Turawah, is blaming the police for their "unprofessional" use of live ammo, and the school for allowing the situation to degenerate to violence.


GOP-Controlled House Committee Kills Education Bill Amendment to Protect LGBT Students from Discrimination

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The Republican-controlled House Education & the Workforce Committee yesterday prohibited a vote on the inclusion of non-discrimination protections for LGBT students as part of an education reform bill, reports the Washington Blade.

During a committee markup of the Student Success Act, the committee voted along the party-line by 21-15 to table the amendment. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who is considered a supporter of marriage equality and recently became a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, is one of the Republicans who voted to table the amendment.

The proposed amendment was submitted by gay Democratic Rep. Jared Polis (above) who is also co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus.

Introducing the amendment, Polis said:

“This is something I think we can all agree on. Schools are there to serve all learners. I hope we don’t play out our social prejudices and arguments on the kids in school because it truly doesn’t matter in this context whether you think they ought to be able to have their marriages accepted by the government.

"Here, it’s simply about should they be able to go to school free of the fear of intimidation, and every child has that right as an American.”

FoxxHowever, North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx (right) said that although she abhors “any kind of discrimination or any kind of intimidation,” she objected to the amendment because it was not relevant to the larger bill.

Republican Committee Chairman John Kline agreed with Foxx’s assessment, stating “the amendment is beyond the scope of a bill, which addresses improving elementary and secondary school education.”

Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that Republicans “had an opportunity to act to better the lives of LGBT students and send a strong signal that harassment and discrimination have no place in our country’s public schools” but “chose to engage in legislative gamesmanship instead.”


San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Imposes Anti-Gay 'Purity Test' For Teachers: VIDEO

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Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is urging San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to remove a new anti-gay “purity test” for teachers.

The new clause was introduced by drunk driver Cordileone who has in the past called same-sex attraction “self-destructive”, opposed employment protections for LGBT people and stated that marriage equality is "harmful to individuals and society as a whole."

6a00d8341c730253ef01a511cf483a970c-800wiDocuments presented on Tuesday characterize homosexuality as “gravely evil” and make clear to teachers that what they do in their personal and public lives after the work day could be used as grounds for dismissal. The language would also prohibit straight teachers from supporting LGBT non-discrimination measures.

Teachers in four Catholic high schools schools directly affiliated with the archdiocese and those at ten other private Catholic high schools with connections to the archdiocese are expected to experience the effects of the language.

Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, director of Latina/o and Catholic Initiatives for HRC Foundation's Religion and Faith Program, said:

"The new 'moral clauses' proposed in the contract by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone stand in stark relief to the message of inclusion being promoted by Pope Francis.

“In imposing what amounts to an anti-LGBT purity test, the archbishop is closing the door on dedicated professionals, many of them faithful Catholics, gay and straight, whose moral codes do not embrace discrimination."

In a heartening move, students in the diocese are using the hashtag #teachacceptance to voice their opposition to the archdiocese's anti-LGBT edicts. They have also set up the petition "Discrimination And Fear Don't Belong In Our Schools," which currently has close to 2,500 signatures.

Watch a FOX 2 report of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School students rallying against the "purity test" AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russian Group Plans To Out LGBT Teachers To 'Protect Children's Rights'

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07cee94f970d-320wi (1)Timur Isayev/Bulatov (pictured right), the Russian anti-gay activist responsible for outing some 30 LGBT teachers to ruin their careers, may have gotten his karmic retribution last December but others are only too happy to carry on his work. A group identifying itself as the "public ombudsman for children’s rights" - because, as always, children make the best shields to hide behind when expressing one's hateful bigotries - "raided" a St. Petersburg school to demand the dismissal of a teacher supportive of LGBT rights and equality, as BuzzFeed reports.

These people are, of course, in no way affiliated with the actual governmental office of children's rights ombudsmen, an office held by a woman named Svetlana Agapitova. Of this rogue group a spokesman for Agapitova said,

In the subway station you can buy a certificate that says you’re a tsar and call yourself whatever you like. The question is what confirms your authority.

In response, the group replied,

[Agapitova] does not deal with the protection of morals, as well as the protection of the traditional family.

The group has promised to conduct regular "raids" as well as to create a public website where anyone can leave tips on what teachers to investigate.


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