NO GAYS ALLOWED?
Breaking news: Over 100 schools in Georgia say ‘No Gays Allowed!’ – and are still taking over $170 million away from public coffers.
Georgia lawmakers want to add millions more to this voucher program that supports schools that explicitly ban gay and lesbian students. Politicians think this is about being re-elected, instead of about students being treated fairly. But, they won’t be able to ignore state education officials whose job it is to make sure all Georgia students get the education they deserve.
The Georgia School Superintendent, John D. Barge, could make it clear that outright discrimination is just not acceptable. So far, he’s avoided this political controversy – so we need to give him a straightforward way to be heard by state legislators. We’re asking him to answer one simple question: Do you think gay or lesbian students should be expelled from publicly-funded schools for who they are? His answer can make equality, not partisanship, the priority.
Schools with rules banning students from being gay or lesbian (or even talking about it!) create dangerous situations for young people, where they have to hide who they are, what they believe. They can’t even turn to their teachers for help. That means Georgia is supporting unsafe schools where thousands of students could be exposed to bullying, violence, and worse, simply for being themselves.
Supporters of this tax credit scholarship program try to justify it by explaining that the schools are private, religious schools, but the truth is it’s millions of public dollars being diverted.
Word of this shocking program has spread nationwide. Even the New York Times has reported on it. With Georgia in the national spotlight, Barge’s answer to this simple question can make a huge difference in the lives of Georgian parents and students.
The motto of the Georgia Department of Education is “Making education work for all Georgians.” Let’s find out if they hold to that promise.
No student should be expelled for who they are. Period.
Thanks for going All Out,
Andre, Jeremy, Joe, Kate, Sara and the rest of the All Out team.
Georgia-backed scholarships benefit schools barring gays - New York Times, 21 January 2013
Georgia: Public Funds Support Scholarships at Antigay Private Schools - Advocate, 22 January 2013
Southern Education Foundation Report (PDF):
I can’t even believe this was something people thought was the slightest bit okay. Go sign because something needs to be done about this.
The president said that the truth that all are created equal guides us today “just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.
FACT: Kissing girls makes me very happy
RYAN I DEMAND A WOMEN OF MCKINLEY CALENDER!
It’s a matter of personal taste, I mean… but
Not all of Glee’s followers like dick.
FACT: Lesbian sex=Multiple orgasms
Ignorance has no bounds
So I went into this book store across the street form my school to sell back some text books. After getting a few bucks from that I decided to buy a new book. Once I got to the register to pay for it I asked the owner (who was ringing me up) if they had a gay and lesbian section. He said that he had to put it back out because all the books he had on it are in the basment. He then continued to tell me that the reason he took them down were because of two employees who used to work there. One said that they didn’t want that section up for political reason, which I just don’t understand, and another because he/she was religious. He said it was really unprofessional but regardless the books were taken off the shelves.
I find this really upsetting. I get that there are people who don’t like gays for whatever reason but he let employees, people he pays, censor what was sold in HIS store. If they didn’t like it he should have said too damn bad there’s nothing wrong with these books. They had no right to say he shouldn’t sell these books simply because they don’t like it. I’m not fond of comic books but if I work in a book store I’m not going to tell the owner you need to take these books off the shelves because I don’t like them.
He’s paying you to sell books. He didn’t tell you to read them, to recommend them, or anything else that would cause you to talk about something you didn’t like. All you have to do is ring the damn books up and tell the customer to have a nice day. GET OFF YOU HIGH HORSE OF IGNORANCE AND DO YOUR FXCKIGN JOB!
I don’t want to fault the store owner because he took the books down simply because people who worked for him were uncomfortable with it. I can understand him caring about his workers but sometimes you just have to ask your self how far is too far. If they asked you take those books down and you did, who’s the say they wouldn’t have more complaints. Would he have taken down other books books and threw them in the basement because they didn’t appreciate those either. It doesn’t make any sense to me. You’re running a business not a democracy why should their own personal beliefs stop me from getting a book that I have the right to buy.
The promo for the newest Glee episode “Swan Song” is getting panned by fans on Youtube. And I agree 100%.
Q:if being gay is not a choice. what is it then? i'm not being rude, I would seriously like to know. Care to explain?
I think sexual orientation in general is a self realization whether a person is gay straight or bi etc. What I mean by that is at some point in your life whether it’s a conscious thought or not you realize who you are attracted to. I think you’re born that way, liking who you like, but it’s not that simple. It’s a learning experience for yourself.
Don’t by any means think I’m saying you learn to be gay or straight though. You learn who you are as a person. You learn what you like, what you don’t, what your prefer and all that jazz. It was always there inside you but it may take you sometime to figure it out. Some people know straight out the gate and others take years to figure it out but that doesn’t mean they made a choice. They just recently learned something very important about themselves.
We learn something new about ourselves everyday so sexuality shouldn’t be any different. I don’t know how everyone else feels on this subject but that’s what I believe.
I didn’t live blog glee the other night so here are my thoughts on Wade’s story line
I am so very happy they are taking Wade/Unique’s storyline seriously I was so pissed when the glee clubbers told her that she couldn’t walk around being herself because it was weird and to save it for shows like that’s just some side show attraction Unique is not some costume Wade puts on to gets laughs or attention That’s how she sees herself ITS WHO SHE IS and I’m glad we get to see that struggle I know glee is horrible with real life issues like this but so far I think they’ve done a good job with this
I was livid about the things Sue said to her because they were so offensive but that is how people actually think That’s how they react to someone who is transgender and whether or not glee handles this well they at very least have a real heart breaking scene that lets people know the pain and torn feelings people can go through when they have to deal with this I’m not transgendered so I can’t speak for people who are but I would love to hear what you would have to say about this episode (or well this story line) Good? Bad? Undecided?
“Oh my God, I hate Zooey Deschanel!” Jansen exclaims holding her face in her hands, her hair unneatly kept in her bun as I see the other guy from the movie jump around because he got some pussy yesterday and I just end up laughing with her or maybe even with him, but he’s not noticing that I’m laughing at him, instead Jansen looks like she’s seen hell as I pour milk into the bowl, slowly spilling as I see Jansen start making noises so that Zooey would go away.
In the end I just stand up and turn off the television before she actually starts shaking from side to side. I end up poking her temple hard so that she’d snap from her hatred and she throws something at me and I quickly dodge myself from what happens to be a gray sock.
Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.
I think you might have taken my post the wrong way. I am by no means comparing what gays go through and what I go through. I am simply saying I don’t like how my religion is bashed because of other peoples actions. I think that is understandable.
I meant that gays don’t affect my life negatively. I’m not saying they don’t exist in my life or haven’t made an impact on the world. I’m just saying gay people/gay marriage is not going to hurt me. That is all.
And by being the better person I just mean that when faced with hatred be kind. That doesn’t mean let people walk all over you or anything. It just means that you are the reasonable one in the situation. You don’t let emotions get the best of you because it is silly to fight hate with hate because it will never lead to any positive outcomes.
I hope that makes sense. I didn’t mean to upset you and I am certainly not against you.
I understand what you are trying to do, I do hope you see that. It would be nice if there was no hatred in the world, from anyone. However, and I say this with as much kindness as I can muster, what you want comes from a place of ignorance regarding what gay people have to go through every day. You are straight. You do not understand, for instance, what it is like to be me. When I was 21 years old, my father told me that I was better off dead than gay. My father (and I was daddy’s little girl, so you can imagine how devastated I was) raised his hand to me to punch me, when I came out (he didn’t hit me). I was dumped on the doorstep of a friend. Disowned. With as many belongings as I could stuff into two travel-sized trash bags. When I entered college for the 2nd time, I was told by two friends that I could not live with them, when they found out I was gay, because I might “get feelings for them.” My brother wouldn’t let me hold my baby niece and nephew without my mother there because he was afraid I would molest them. I could tell you more but this is hard enough to write as it is.
Why am I telling you this? Because I don’t have to be kind when faced with these things, or worse. It is not up to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning person to be kind when faced with violence, with hatred, with intolerance, with all the suicide, all the depression, with all the anger that comes with being who we are and the way we are treated. We have a right to be angry. It is not our job to be kind when people are being so hurtful towards us. It is wrong for a person who is not GLBTQ to tell us how we should react and what we should do in the face of hatred and violence, discrimination and politicians and religious figures actively trying to keep us behind “fences.” Don’t let my emotions get the best of me? No. A straight person does not get to tell me what my emotions should be when it comes to how I and so many other members of my “family” have been treated. You want us to be kind? Then go to your Christian brothers and sisters who have hurt gay people, and tell them to knock it off. And stop telling gay people how they should feel, and what they should do. That’s not being an ally, that’s hurting us still.
I want to plaster this on the walls of gay friendly Christians everywhere.