Remember these two?
“With a little nudge from the American Civil Liberties Union, four St. George high schools have approved Gay-Straight Alliance clubs for the first time.
Starting in fall 2010, Desert Hills, Dixie, Pine View and Snow Canyon high schools will have after-school forums specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, along with their straight friends and allies.
Nationally, there are 4,000 such clubs registered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The clubs promote safe school climates for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Last fall, a small group of St. George students launched an effort to form a GSA at every high school in the Washington County School District.
“We felt alone,” said Logan Hunt, a gay senior at Dixie High. “We were worried about our [LGBT] friends we had met. They were often depressed. … We wanted to create more tolerance in our community for everybody.”
Depressed you say? Well —
“But Hunt and his friends met with resistance from some school principals who denied their applications or insisted the clubs meet requirements that the ACLU considered onerous.
After receiving complaints, the ACLU of Utah reviewed club policies at five Washington County high schools and found most were more burdensome than the district’s policy.
Desert Hills, Dixie and Hurricane high school policies contained “unconstitutional requirements that were very clearly
designed to make it so unpopular or minority view points could not be heard,” said Darcy Goddard, ACLU of Utah’s legal director. “
Filling out those forms can be a bitch — not to mention filing them.
For example, one school required signatures from 30 students, unanimous approval of a student “executive council,” the principal’s OK and then a majority vote by the school’s faculty. Goddard also was concerned that two schools had vague requirements that clubs promote activities that are “moral” or “wholesome.”
Here’s your wholesome!
“Alerted by the ACLU, the Washington County School District required all the high schools to adopt its content-neutral application, which seeks only the approval of a school principal.
In a statement, the district said it required the change because some school policies could have been interpreted to violate the First Amendment.
On the district form, students are asked for basic club details and to agree to comply with state education laws, including that they not advocate sexual activity outside of marriage or the use of contraception.”
“The issue of sex ed came up at a district-wide information session Goddard conducted last month. Some school officials, she said, wondered whether the GSA would promote sex.
“You can’t use stereotypes about certain groups” to predict they will break the rules, Goddard said she told administrators. “There’s no more reason to think that LGBT kids and their allies are going to talk about contraception than to think that the football team will or the chess club.”
A request to form a GSA is a free-speech issue, Goddard pointed out at the session. She explained First Amendment case law dealing with student groups, which includes a landmark federal case in 2000 that forced the Salt Lake City School District to allow a GSA at East High School.
A GSA at Snow Canyon High is “long overdue,” said Delsy Nielson, an English teacher and debate coach who has agreed to be the club’s adviser next year. She acknowledges the new club is likely to face some resistance in conservative St. George.
A St. George student pushing for a GSA said she has missed much of her senior year over the issue. Sala Tumanuvao said her parents pulled her out of Desert Hills last fall after her principal told them she had applied for a GSA. She now lives with her girlfriend and attends adult-education classes, she said in an interview. “
Some parents get it right away. Others have trouble Cheyenne Jackson says some of ‘em deserve a break.
And then there’s Foxy.
“Most gay children have straight parents, which means that, from birth, they’re different from those who are closest to them. And, as they grow, so does their sense of their own otherness—a feeling that is not without use for an artist. Whatever difference the now eighty-year-old composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim felt as a gay child reared in relative privilege—first in Manhattan and then, after his parents’ divorce, in Pennsylvania—was exacerbated by his sadistic, social-climbing mother, Etta Janet Sondheim, who was aptly nicknamed Foxy. About three-quarters of the way through the charming revue “Sondheim on Sondheim” (a Roundabout Theatre Company production, directed by James Lapine, at Studio 54), we watch a film clip of Sondheim telling a remarkable story. When he was forty, Foxy was preparing for surgery. Worried about her possible fate, she messengered a letter to Sondheim in which she noted that the only regret she had in life was giving birth to him. Sondheim reflects on this briefly, before adding that he’d suspected for a long time that his mother disliked him but hadn’t known why. Did he remind her of his father? Or of her bitter divorce? After he received his mother’s note, he realized that he didn’t have to speculate anymore. The not so simple truth was that she hadn’t wanted him.
The day I saw the show, the audience gasped at this anecdote. And yet the pathos of Sondheim’s double isolation—coming of age as a gay man in the McCarthy era, deprived of maternal warmth—infuses all his work. His nineteen musicals have one foot planted in a yearning for domestic life and the other in a fear of being imprisoned by emotional connection.”
Pretty grim, right?
“Jerry Lee Seger, an enraged father who allegedly blamed 24-year-old Courtney Bright for leading his daughter down what he felt was the wrong path – including a three-year lesbian affair – strangled Bright to death and left her body in an abandoned house, say police.
Authorities say that Seger admitted to a friend that he hated Bright and blamed her for his daughter’s arrest. In the days before the murder, Seger’s daughter Ashley Dunn had been arrested for dealing in stolen property.
But friends of the lesbian couple think the hatred went deeper than that.
“That’s not why he killed her. He killed her because they were lesbians,” Bobbi Johnson told local station WTVT. Johnson said Dunn and Bright had been together for three years and were inseparable.
An autopsy determined that Bright had been killed April 20 or 21. The body was found April 22 when a couple and their real estate agent went to look at the home.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40-year-old Seger on Saturday and charged him with first-degree murder. Seger is being held without bail.
“She was a sweetheart. She would do anything in the world for you,” said Johnson to WTVT.”
Let’s get back to our boys. . .
“I’m not afraid of the challenge,” Nielson said about advising the Snow Canyon club. “It’s allowing them to have a right to be heard, to be represented.”
In its 2007 National School Climate Survey, GLSEN found that LGBT students at schools that have GSAs were less likely to miss school because of safety concerns, less likely to experience harassment or assault and more likely to feel a sense of belonging to their school community.
Jason Osmanski, a Snow Canyon sophomore who championed the GSA at his school, hopes the club can teach all students to be kinder to their LGBT peers. After he came out as gay in ninth grade, he said, he was taunted or shoved into lockers on a daily basis.
Very Kurt Hummel.
The tormenting has slowed in high school, but he still gets called derogatory slurs, he said.
“I’m hoping that kids who are gay and come out won’t be harassed” any more, he said.
Osmanski was bracing for a denial when he spoke to the assistant principal this month about his GSA application.
“I had my [ACLU] ‘know your rights’ card out and ready,” Osmanski recalled. “The second I walked out of the office, I started screaming and jumping. I was to the point of tears.”
He said that success was the “most amazing experience” of his life. At least, the 16-year-old added, “so far.”
This happy news is sure to depress Eugene Delgaudi.
“One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.
As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.
Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.
Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling.
My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press.
Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized.
As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time Delgaudio we can’t lose.”
Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.”
Can I get an OH PRUNELLA! ?
Clearly all that “trembling” and “bulging,” has unhinged poor Eugene.
“Radical homosexuals will terrorize day care centers, hospitals, churches and private schools. Traditional moral values will be shattered by federal law.”
“Same-sex marriages and adoptions. Wedding-gown clad men smooching before some left-wing clergy or state official is just the beginning.”
“You’ll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to “pick out” a little boy for themselves.”
I blame Jacko.
“Homosexual advocacy in schools. Your children or grandchildren will be taught homosexuality is moral, natural and good. High school children will learn perverted sex acts as part of “safe sex” education..”
Well not if Eugene can help it.
Speaking of the William Tell Overture, I’m sure everyone’s aware of it’s most persistent purveyor.
Take it away Giocomo!
(Hat-tip to Val Holley)