School’s back in session and the controversies over gay-straight alliances have begun anew.
A group of students at Newsome High School in Florida haven’t even formed a gay-straight alliance, yet discussions about it have already created enough resistance to generate press. I wish them luck. The school’s in Hillsborough County, which, as you know, just loves the gays to death.
Sixteen-year-old Michelle Fee is leading the charge at Pedro Menendez High School. Her principal Bob Allten is open to the idea but wants to call it a “tolerance club” for fear of backlash. Reverend Ruth Jensen, pastor at First Coast Metropolitan Community Church is sponsoring the formation of the gay-straight alliance at Pedro Menendez and nearby St. Augustine High School. She responded, “If you’re afraid of backlash that only shows you need one of these groups. I think these principals are suffering from the delusion that there’s no discrimination going on.”
A newly formed gay-straight alliance at Madison County High School in Georgia has inspired fierce controversy in the community, and a strongly worded letter from a
bigot citizen named Dee Lee to the Main Street News: “The cost to the individual and to society is too enormous for us to allow our children to in anyway believe it is O.K. for them to dabble and experiment in this kind of behavior. It is deadly dangerous. Our elected officials, educators and citizens of Madison County must stand up to whoever is behind the scenes creating this kind of deadly chaos in our county.”
Gay School Daze [tr]