Lake County on Map in Blue

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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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.