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A federal appellate court delivered a big win to Florida students in a long-running legal dispute over a middle school gay-straight alliance.

The court’s unanimous decision, authored by a famously conservative judge, holds that a federal law known as the Equal Access Act applies to (and therefore protects the rights of) students attending Carver Middle School in Lake County. The student plaintiffs had relied on the Act’s non-discrimination protections in a lawsuit over the Lake County School Board’s refusal to allow the middle-school GSA. The school board responded to the suit by arguing, among other things, that the Equal Access Act only applies to high schools and therefore provides no protection to the district’s middle school students; today’s decision rejects that position.
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The Youth Allies News Page

Posted by MK on Sep 12, 2016 @ 9:02 pm
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The Youth Allies News Page has links to recent news stories for and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth; other sexual-minority and gender-minority youth; questioning youth; and their allies of all ages.

Student playing bagpipes confronting homophobic preacher

 

 

In case you missed it (I know I did), here’s a video (also viewable here) of a Florida Gulf Coast University student, Brice Ehmig, confronting a homophobic preacher on campus a couple weeks ago by playing Amazing Grace into her bagpipes while he spewed anti-gay nonsense into a megaphone. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

Site Changes Coming!

Posted by MK on Jul 13, 2016 @ 1:18 pm
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Changes are coming to the website in 2016! As we launch them, we’ll announce them here and through Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus. In the meantime, we’ll continue to regularly update our Latest News Page with stories around the web for and about LGBT youth & their allies, and readers can still browse our archive of posts and resources on the website. The full archive of our blog posts is available here, and a listing of our top posts is available here. MK