Protest & Petition for Fired Gay Teacher

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.]

LGBT Youth News Roundup: July 1, 2013

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The last several weeks have brought a whirlwind of LGBT news, with major developments coming not just from the Supreme Court, but also from several states (including Colorado and New Jersey) and from Russia. Here are just a few highlights of the many stories about and affecting youth.