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After Coming Out to Students, Gay British Teacher Resigns in Response To Parent Complaints

When some of his 10 and 11-year-old students held up a sign saying "Gay Is Good" at a school assembly, assistant head Andrew Moffat of Chilwell Croft Academy in Birmingham - UK, not Alabama - felt it was a good time to come out to show his students that they knew someone gay. That decision wound up costing him his job.

Andrew MoffatWhen word got out, a minority of parents began loudly complaining that they didn't want Moffat teaching their children. The parents, predominantly of Muslim faith but with some Christians as well, said that they didn't want their children being taught that being gay is ok. Moffat resigned under the pressure and has accepted a teaching position outside Birmingham.

Presently, a dozen schools in Birmingham are under investigation for financial mismanagement and the introduction of Islamic religious teachings into the curriculum. Last month a document called "Operation Trojan Horse" was circulated and is allegedly a guide on how Islamic fundamentalists could take over schools.


SC State Senator Accuses School of Gay 'Recruiting', Says Homosexuality 'Not Normal': VIDEO

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Last month we reported on action taken by the South Carolina legislature to financially punish College of Charleston and University of South Carolina Upstate for assigning gay-themed books to students, some of which were not required reading.

The controversy continued this week with lawmakers slamming a proposed two-day LGBT symposium at USC Upstate, WYFF reports.

Said state Senator Mike Fair: "It's just not normal and then you glorify, or it seems to me, that the promotion at USC is a glorification of same sex orientation."

Particularly irking Fair is a production during the symposium called "How to Become a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less" which Fair claims is "recruiting."

Assistant vice chancellor for USC Upstate communications, Tammy E. Whaley, responded to Fair's claims in a statement to WYFF:

"The title of ‘How to Become a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less,’ while deliberately provocative, is satirical in nature but has not been received as such. The controversy surrounding this performance has become a distraction to the educational mission of USC Upstate and the overall purpose of the Bodies of Knowledge symposium. As a result, we have canceled this segment of the symposium.”

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Virginia School District to Hold Public Hearing on Parent's Request To Pull 'Two Boys Kissing' from Library

A parent's request to remove David Levithan's novel Two Boys Kissing from a high school library has prompted a public hearing in a Virginia school district, Fauquier.com reports:

Two-boys-kissingFauquier County Public Schools has received a request from a parent to withdraw from student use the book “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan which is a part of the high schools’ library collections. A school committee at Fauquier High School decided to retain the book in its library collection, and the parent is appealing the decision to the superintendent.

In accordance with Policy 6-5.7, the associate superintendent is forming a review committee. On Wednesday, April 23 in the conference room of the school board office, the committee will consider the complainant’s request. From 1:30-3 p.m. the committee will interview the complainant and possibly others related to the decision to withdraw or retain the book. From 3-4 p.m. the committee will hold a public hearing during which time interested citizens may speak to the review committee concerning the subject. The committee will discuss its findings and render a decision on the same date. All proceedings on April 23 are open to the public.

Here's part of what our book critic Garth Greenwell said about the novel, which he called "ambitious, humane, [and] extraordinarily moving":

The wonder of Two Boys Kissing is that it seems entirely adequate to the world in which young gay people live today. It’s a world in which one boy can be embraced, even celebrated by his family, while his boyfriend is terrified of being found out by his parents. It’s a world in which young people can attend a gay prom and fall headily in love, and then find themselves confronting violence on their second date. And, most painfully, both for the reader and for the chorus of lost elders who speak to us, it’s a world in which gay young people still feel driven to commit violent acts against themselves.

But Levithan’s novel doesn’t just feel adequate to our present; it also—and, in my reading of LGBT literature for young people, uniquely—feels adequate to our past. Maybe Levithan’s most poignant theme is the relationship between young gay people and the generation that preceded them, a generation given voice to by the grieving, exulting, longing ghost chorus that speaks to us on every page.


Students at Catholic HS Reject Nun's Offensive Speech About Homosexuality: VIDEO

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An assistant theology professor at a Catholic high school in Charlotte, NC has caused a furor among students with a speech about homosexuality. We reported on this back in March but it has since blown up.

The kids aren't having it, and have alerted their parents to the nun's nonsense, USA Today reports:

Administrators at Charlotte Catholic High School met Wednesday with about 900 parents who learned about the March 21 speech from their children, upset at Sister Jane Dominic Laurel's assertion that homosexuality occurs mainly as a result of parents' shortcomings and pornography. Students said the assistant professor of theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., told them that single and divorced parents caused kids to become gay; that homosexuals cannot live normal, productive lives; and that gays can't be good parents.

About half of the one-hour talk centered on homosexuality, according to a statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte's official newspaper.

Some parents at the 1,400-student school say they wanted to know about the topic of the assembly ahead of time and would not have allowed their kids to stay.

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Hawaii Catholic Schools Implement New Contract: Gay Teachers Can Be Fired

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A new teaching contract approved by the Hawaii Catholic schools office states that any educator can be fired if they engage in “homosexual activity” or marry someone of the same sex. The Huffington Post reports:

“The school expressly reserves the right to terminate the employment of any Teacher, who by word or example, denies the teachings or authority of the Church, or whose personal life or conduct is, based on Catholic teaching, immoral,” says a portion of the contract that was obtained by Honolulu Civil Beat.

The contract, which is called the "Standard Teacher Employment Agreement," is for full- and part-time teachers who must sign it every year they work.

HCS-StampThe contract, which is slated to go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year, explicitly says “homosexual activity” and “same-sex unions” are not permitted. The contract also lists other acts that could justify firing, including abortion, in vitro fertilization, or “unmarried cohabitation.”

Michael Rockers, the superintendent of all Hawaii Roman Catholic schools, said that while the provision is new, the expectations outlined in it are not.

He said the ultimate goal is to provide positive role models for students and that if a teacher's homosexuality were made public it would negatively affect the children.

“We want to be authentic about what our moral teaching is,” he said. “We’re trying to be pastoral about this and centered on what’s best for the students.”

Rockers said the written provision was not a response to last year’s legalization of same-sex marriage in Hawaii. 


Texas Montessori School Rejects Toddler Because He Has Gay Mothers: VIDEO

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New Beginnings Montessori School of Bedford, Texas was the school mothers Dawn and Tracy Kelly wanted for their son, and it seemed at first that the school wanted them as well. During a tour of the school, Dawn explicitly asked if it was ok that their son had two mothers, and the teacher providing the tour said that it wasn't a problem. However, an hour after the tour the mothers received a call from the school's director, Shamain Webster, who rejected their appication and told them,

We are not going be able to enroll Landry in our school because it’s against my religion, and we don’t live that way.

As a private school in Texas, New Beginnings has the legal right to refuse enrollment based on religion and anti-gay bigotry. Though one wonders if the director has actually read the Bible and has examined how moral it is to punish a toddler for the "sins" of his parents.

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