Tag Archives: Teachers & Other Education Professionals

There’s No Parental “Liberty” to Dictate Discrimination

Posted by MK on Apr 15, 2014 @ 6:03 am
Texas on Green School Chalkboard

There’s been a bit of a flap in Lumberton, Texas, where school officials suspended transgender school teacher Laura Jane Klug after parents complained that she was a “distraction.” Fortunately, the school district appears now to have reinstated Ms. Klug, though the district says it has not made a final decision, and it has asked her not to come back right away to minimize distraction during a student testing period.

One parent concerned about Klug’s presence in the classroom reportedly said, “Each parent has the individual liberty, individual rights to determine at what age it is appropriate for their children to be exposed to certain things.”

Actually, no. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post.

Eastside Catholic School near Seattle

A group of protestors hand-delivered a petition with nearly 21,000 signatures yesterday to the Archdiocese of Seattle, and received a surprise in-person response from a church spokesperson.

The petition and protesters oppose the firing of a popular gay Vice Principal, Mark Zmuda, from Eastside Catholic School; the school asked Zmuda to leave after learning he had married his male partner.

In the video, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese, Greg Magnoni, speaks to the protestors, claiming among other things that the school “had no intention to be discriminatory toward anyone.”

Say what? Click here or on ‘Read More’ to see the video and read the full post.

Update on Protest Supporting Fired Gay Teacher

Posted by MK on Aug 9, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
Ken Bencomo

Video: CBS News provides a video update about a protest in support of Ken Bencomo. As mentioned in a post from yesterday, a Catholic school in Glendale, California, fired Bencomo after he married his same-sex partner. (See below or click “Read More.”)

Protest & Petition for Fired Gay Teacher

Posted by MK on Aug 8, 2013 @ 10:30 am
Map showing Glendora, California

Supporters of fired gay Catholic school teacher Ken Bencomo are planning a 9:00 a.m. (PDT) protest this morning at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, California. The school fired Bencomo, who had taught at St. Lucy’s for 17 years, shortly after he married his same-sex partner.

The protest’s Facebook page calls on those who attend  to “[c]ome with powerful voices, ready to sing our Alma Mater and show the [school] administration — ‘We Are That Change!'” The page urges participants to “be respectful and mindful of the values instilled in us,” adding that “Mr. B always demanded that we act with class, [let's] make him proud.” [Click here for an August 9 update.]

British Flag with Judge's GavelA court in London has upheld a decision banning school teacher Robert Haye from teaching for at least two years.

The case arose after Mr. Haye told a class of 15- to 16-year-old students that gay people live “disgusting” lives. He told an even younger class that “anyone who worships on Sunday is basically worshiping the devil.” Mr. Haye belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which observes Saturday as the Sabbath.

Mr. Haye said in response to the court decision that “Christians are now being persecuted in [the U.K.] for believing in the Bible.” He added that “people are now afraid of being punished for not being politically correct,” and he questioned whether the U.K. was “really” a “free and democratic society.” Mr. Haye must wait two years before he may apply to teach again.

Ignoring for the moment his exaggerated rhetoric, could there be any merit to the claim that the temporary teaching ban violates Mr. Haye’s freedoms of speech or religion?

No. And you don’t have to know anything about the law to understand why.

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Recent LGBT News & Links: January 11, 2013

Posted by MK on Jan 11, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

Blue Links Afternoon of 1/11/13 - Transgender teacher sues New York school that laid him off, alleging discrimination. ◊ Radio host links being gay to school shootings. ◊ Article in The Guardian looks at how sex education programs exclude LGBT youth. ◊ A London student is told to prove he’s gay or face deportation to Senegal. ◊ Ke$ha talks to Seventeen Magazine about bullying and her sexual orientation. ◊ Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick swears in new members of the state’s LGBT Youth Commission.

Recent LGBT News & Links: November 9, 2012

Posted by MK on Nov 9, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

Blue LinksEvening of 11/9/12 - Superstorm Sandy devastates an Ali Forney Center building in New York City; the organization provides shelter and assistance to LGBT homeless youth. Click here to learn more, including how to help.   A Florida teacher fights an absurd accusation that she contributed to a student’s being a lesbian. ◊ Teen admits to killing gay man. ◊ Fundraiser to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth to take place tomorrow in San Francisco. ◊ An LGBTQ youth summit will also take place tomorrow in Indiana.

LGBT Links & Alerts: October 11, 2012

Posted by MK on Oct 11, 2012 @ 7:10 am

LGBT Links & Alerts_Blue ChainMorning of 10/11/12:  Today is National Coming Out Day; you can find new links to coming-out resources here, and a related post here.   ◊   An anti-LGBT teacher resigns.   ◊   In a new ad in Maryland, opponents of marriage equality make misleading claims about studies of children.   ◊   Former Boy Scouts come out, support ousted gay Scout’s bid to become Eagle Scout.   ◊   Next week is GLSEN’s Ally Week.

LGBT Youth Allies’ Global News Roundup #8

Posted by MK on Sep 21, 2012 @ 1:14 pm
Russian LGBT Equality Advocate Nikolai Alexeyev, Arrested in 2010

Nikolai Alexeyev, pictured here in 2010, has been a tireless advocate for LGBT equality in Russia


In today’s LGBT Youth Allies Global News Roundup, we’ve linked to stories from, among other places, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Dominica, France, Malaysia, New Zealand and Russia. Read the full post