Gender Non-Conforming Valedictorian

Don’t give the kid an honor like valedictorian if you’re not going to allow that same student to give the commencement speech. It’s tradition. I’m sure it’s a small school where all the students are well-known, so you knew what Christian was like and deliberately chose to take this moment away from him.

The valedictorian banned from giving a graduation speech at his Kentucky high school believes the local church diocese stopped him from speaking because he’s gender nonconforming.

“Just myself being visible and existing has threatened them, in their minds,” Christian Bales, 18, told BuzzFeed News Monday, three days after his high school barred him from giving a planned speech at its commencement ceremony.

Bales, who said he often wears makeup and traditionally feminine clothing to school events, found out he would be valedictorian of Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, three weeks ago. The distinction meant he would be able to give a speech at the school’s graduation ceremony. His best friend, Holy Cross’s student council president Katherine Frantz, was also slated to give a speech.

But on Friday morning, Holy Cross’s Principal Mike Holtz called Bales’ and Frantz’s families to say that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, which oversees their school, had deemed their speeches inappropriate to read at that evening’s graduation ceremony.

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Love or Basketball

When Haley Videckis and Layana White first saw each other, it was — where else? — on the basketball court.

In February 2013, the women’s team at Arizona State University was facing off against its biggest rival, the University of Arizona. Videckis played for ASU, White played for U of A, and they both had a lot to prove.

“That game was lit,” Videckis remembered, laughing. ASU were down by 2 points when, 22 seconds before the buzzer sounded, Videckis sunk a 3-pointer — her third of the game — elbowing Arizona out of the lead for a final score of 59–58. White watched Videckis hit her incredible last-second shot and thought, Who is that girl?

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Art Teacher Fired for Being Gay

It’s a shame that one ignorant parent can destroy someone’s career. I’m glad that there are others standing up for her; others that see this woman’s true value. With so many art/music/writing programs being stripped by the government, teachers like Mrs Bailey are vital to the development of children. LGBT teachers are not interested in indoctrinating children in their lifestyle as we all understand we’re born as we are. Except transgender people. They were born in the wrong body.

Former students and parents from an elementary school in Arlington, Texas, say they are devastated a beloved art teacher was suspended after she told students she was married to a woman.

Stacy Bailey, who twice won teacher of the year at Charlotte Anderson Elementary, was suspended last September after the district “received complaints from parents about Ms. Bailey discussing her sexual orientation with elementary-aged students,” according to a press release from Mansfield Independent School District. The suspension was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.

“Parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc,” the press release read.

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Rick Perry College’s Student Election a Mockery

By the title you wouldn’t think that this story belongs on this blog, but it does, because it involves Texas A&M University having it’s first openly gay president of the Student Government Association. Clearly, Mr Perry has little to do as Secretary of Energy and must expend his own personal energy complaining about events and situations that are absolutely none of his business.

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and current United States energy secretary, says the recent presidential election was stolen.

It isn’t the legitimacy of his boss, President Trump, that Mr. Perry is calling into question. No, he has reservations about last month’s election for student body president at his alma mater, Texas A&M University.

In a piece published by The Houston Chronicle on Wednesday, Mr. Perry took the remarkable step of weighing in on the most local of politics. In it, he argues in great detail that the election of the school’s first openly gay student body president was mishandled and that the true winner was denied victory, an outcome that never would have been allowed were he not a straight, white male.

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Students create gender free school uniform

Naturally this is nowhere in the United States or Europe. This happened in the more progressive part of the world: New Zealand. I love how the kids have many options and that there was no parental interference as there would be here in the US. Also, it’s notable that the uniform options consist of a kilt and not a skirt.

A school has dropped gender uniforms for its school pupils.

Students can now wear trousers or skirts regardless of their gender under the new set of rules published by the school.

It began when some female students complained they were not allowed to wear trousers.

Now the school is to have [four] uniform options for students: shorts, long pants, culottes and a kilt, with students able to wear any of these, however they identify.

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University ignored warnings leaving him free to bully trans student on stage

How the hell did this happen? This is sickening that the University of Wisconsin knowingly allowed this to happen.

University ignored warnings about far-right speaker, leaving him free to bully trans student on stage.

A university ignored multiple warnings about a speaker’s extreme views and history of abusive behaviour – leaving him free to single out a trans student and bully them on-stage.

Far-right internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has seen his media profile rise thanks to attention-grabbing bigoted comments and support of Donald Trump, whom he refers to as ‘daddy’.

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Pro-LGBT Shirt Banned From High School

Unbelievable what we teach kids today; the message we convey loud and clear with our actions. We continually foment hatred.

School administrators reprimanded a 13-year-old girl for showing up to school wearing an LGBT-positive T-shirt this week, deeming the message “distracting” and “disruptive.”

The shirt bore the phrase, “Some people are gay. Get over it!” in rainbow-hued letters, and was worn by Ali Chaney of Copperas Cove, Tex. “It’s just a shirt, and it’s not hurting anybody,” Chaney, who is gay, told KCEN-TV.

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A school basically just gave kids permission to assault LGBT students

More evidence of the hatred that everyone is embracing in our country. Aren’t you proud to be an American??? I know I am!!!

This week, one board of education reacted to the recent landmark ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that transgender people can be protected under federal law from discrimination in education. Did the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education in North Carolina vote to educate students on gender equality and trans rights? No.

It voted to let students brings pepper spray on campus, and it was pretty clear what motivated this. As board member Chuck Hughes explained, “Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in.”

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Federal Appeals Court Considers Trans Student’s Right To Use Boys Restroom

Though I’m no fan of Virginia at the moment, I truly hope there’s a good outcome for this young man. I have little faith in the justice system, as well, so a large part of me doesn’t believe the judgement will be favorable, but I guess you never know. Maybe that they were asking probing questions means something. And I’m glad they aren’t inclined to dismiss the case, either.

RICHMOND, Virginia — A federal appeals court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in the case of a transgender student fighting to use the boys restroom at his high school — the highest court in the U.S. legal system to hear such a case amid a national debate over transgender access to restrooms.

At the center of the case is Gavin Grimm, a 16-year-old transgender boy who sat in the front row of the gallery, his mother’s arm over his shoulder, while a three-judge panel peppered lawyers with questions that ranged from arcane to graphic.

The underlying question before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is simple: Do existing laws that ban discrimination on the basis of sex — specifically, Title IX, which bans the practice in publicly funded schools — apply to transgender students? If they do, Grimm could prevail in his lawsuit to overturn a Gloucester County School Board policy that restricts students to restrooms reflecting their “biological gender.”

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Homophobic father regrets attacking his black belt lesbian daughter

Clearly this woman should sit down and prioritize her life. We all have to make our own choices and I’m certainly not one to always say, “Just tell everyone who disagrees with you to fuck off,” as so many LGBT are, but it’s clearly gotten to a point where it isn’t safe for her to be there. I’m not just speaking of physically safe. LGBT people have to deal with so many problems on a psychological level that this woman is doing herself no favors staying put. He could also at any time decide to kick her out and stop paying for her education. At the very least she should have a back up plan in case the rug is yanked out from under her. Perhaps she shouldn’t have come out to her parents.

A woman has told how her father tried to physically assault her after they argued over her sexuality.

The 26-year-old medical student explained that her relationship with her religious parents deteriorated rapidly after she came out a few years ago.

Due to crippling university fees, she says she has been forced to rely on her conservative family to support her financially throughout her studies – even though they constantly criticise her for “choosing the gay lifestyle.”

The trainee doctor says they have never accepted their daughter for who she is and have regularly pressured her to marry a man “of the same faith.”

However, she says the tension proved too much for her father last week, after he “exploded” – hurling homophobic abuse at his daughter, before attempting to physically assault her.

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