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Taxpayer-funded Christian school forbids ‘homosexual relations,’ warns of ‘lake of fire’
 
 
 
 
Taxpayer-funded Christian school forbids ‘homosexual relations,’ warns of 'lake of fire'
 

PC MLA Ken Lemke (second from left) was among those who attended the official unveiling of the Prairie Christian Academy modernization last November.

An Alberta school funded fully by taxpayers and answerable to a public board requires teachers to abstain from “homosexual relations” and warns students that the unjust risk everlasting torment in the “lake of fire.”

An opposition critic expressed shock Sunday that the Conservative government recently committed to spending $7 million to modernize and expand Prairie Christian Academy (PCA), despite the fact the Three Hills facility displays policies on its website that “fly in the face” of both the province’s human rights legislation and the country’s Constitution.

“Fifteen years after the Supreme Court outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, it is unbelievable this is still happening,” Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said.

“I am starting to question what oversight Minister Jeff Johnson and his education department are providing to the system.”

A private religious school founded more than seven decades ago, Prairie Christian Academy joined the Golden Hills School Division in 2003, a decision the school’s website says allowed it to get increased public funding.

While parents still pay nominal fees for religious education, the regular program of study, busing and even lease and utility costs are fully covered by the local board.

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(via Patchwork of progress | Daily Xtra)

Of the 60 districts in the province, only two had passed anti-homophobia policy by the end of 2004.

Fast-forward a decade: we’re up to 29 — nearly half the districts have signed on. That may not sound like a huge change, but it is.

“In the past five years in particular, there’s been a groundswell of change,” says Chamberlain, who has been there since the beginning.

(via Patchwork of progress | Daily Xtra)

Of the 60 districts in the province, only two had passed anti-homophobia policy by the end of 2004.

Fast-forward a decade: we’re up to 29 — nearly half the districts have signed on. That may not sound like a huge change, but it is.

“In the past five years in particular, there’s been a groundswell of change,” says Chamberlain, who has been there since the beginning.

(via Italian cardinal: ‘If you teach kids not to bully gays, you’ll corrupt them’ | Gay Star News)

So much for Francis’s papal plattitudes.
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"‘Parents must defend their children against gender ideology,’ he insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society - at all levels and forms - not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.’"

(via Italian cardinal: ‘If you teach kids not to bully gays, you’ll corrupt them’ | Gay Star News)

So much for Francis’s papal plattitudes.
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"‘Parents must defend their children against gender ideology,’ he insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society - at all levels and forms - not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.’"

New York City Schools Implement Transgender Inclusion Guidelines

By Zack Ford on March 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

New York City Schools Implement Transgender Inclusion Guidelines

NYC Department of Education

The New York City Department of Education has introduced new guidelines to help schools respect transgender students and meet whatever unique needs they might have. The guidelines recommend that schools respect trans students’ gender identities and make facilities and activities as inclusive as possible. Here are some of the suggestions for protecting trans students:

  • School personnel should not reveal student’s transgender status to other employees, students, parents, or other third parties; it could be an unlawful violation of a student’s privacy.
  • Though permanent records can only be altered with a court order or new birth certificate, the school should otherwise use the name and gender preferred by the student.
  • Students should be addressed by the name and corresponding pronoun that reflect the gender identity they consistently assert at school.
  • Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.
  • In any activity where students are separated by gender, students should be permitted to participate in accordance with their gender identity.
  • If trans students have specific privacy concerns, accommodations should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The guidelines could go far toward mitigating the bullying and harassment that trans students experience, creating an environment where they can safely explore their identities. California passed a law last year that similarly guarantees full inclusion for trans students. Conservatives attempted to challenge the law with a referendum, but failed to collect the signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot.

Student files $25,000 suit against Ontario high school
Christopher Karas suffered humiliation and mental anguish over school’s actions, suit alleges

A gay Mississauga student has filed a $25,000 discrimination complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against his high school and school board, alleging a pattern of anti-gay bias.

Christopher Karas is a Grade 12 student at École Secondaire Catholique Ste-Famille who says he has faced disparaging comments from students and teachers and attempts to prevent him from establishing a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at the school.

Karas first came to media attention last year after his school administrators censored posters for his GSA, which included a quote from Harvey Milk. The quote read, “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”

But Karas’s complaint against the board alleges a pattern of discriminatory actions going back to the 2011/12 school year. In that year, Karas, who had come out as gay in his school, attended an overnight school trip where students were to share hotel rooms. Some of Karas’s male classmates were reassigned out of his hotel room after they said they’d be uncomfortable sharing a room with him because of his sexual orientation. Karas was also the target of homophobic bullying on the trip, the case alleges.

The complaint also alleges that a religious instructor “made homophobic statements such as … ‘Gay people should not be permitted to adopt children’” and that a psychology teacher refused to discuss same-sex parenting in a class about family structures due to the school’s religious nature.

In another class, Karas was forced to read a novel called Poison, by Doric Germain, in which a teenaged boy is beaten by his father when he’s caught having sex with another boy. “The book generally suggests that Patrick’s life is out of control due to his homosexuality and he himself realizes that his sexual-orientation will inevitably prevent him from leading a normal life,” the suit alleges.

The complaint also alleges that the school administration worked to undermine Karas’s fledgling GSA, “Porte Ouverte,” and quotes statements given by the principal to Xtra at the time. The administration also allegedly retaliated against Karas’s attempts to assert his rights by refusing to sign off on his community hours log.

Since the suit was filed, Karas alleges that the school board has blocked dailyxtra.com from being accessed on the school’s WiFi network. Xtra was the first news source to report on Karas’s complaints, in December 2013.

Karas acknowledges that he will have graduated by the time the tribunal makes its decision but hopes he leaves a legacy for future gay students. “I want to see the school board and the school put in place a culture of acceptance. I want them to teach love and not hate in our school.”

In addition to the monetary damages, the complaint seeks a letter of apology, a harassment and discrimination policy, mandatory sensitivity training, gender-neutral washrooms in all schools and removal of the book Poison from the curriculum.

Neither the school’s principal nor the school board is willing to comment on the case. The Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud released a statement saying that it has not yet received the complaint but that it intends to analyze it and respond to the Human Rights Tribunal.

Florida teen who stood up for gay student suspended for 10 days
TW violence, gay bashing,
A Florida high school footballer who jumped in to protect a gay student who was being bullied has been suspended for 10 days even though the bully has been charged by police with battery
Mark Betterson
Photo by Fox4

A Florida high school student has been suspended for 10 days for protecting a gay student from a bully who was attacking him.

Mark Betterson was suspended under East Lee County High School’s mandatory suspension policy for anyone involved in a fight despite the fact he was stepping in to protect openly gay Jonathan Colon from being assaulted by 18-year-old James Griffin – another student at the school.

Griffin called Colon a series of anti-gay slurs and threw a carton of milk in his face before punching him in the head and the back of the head in the incident on Thursday.

That’s when Betterson, decided he needed to step in and do something.

‘If I didn’t jump into it, it would have got serious,’ Betterson told WFTX Fox4, ‘It would have been worse than what he got.’

‘Jonathan was just going to stand there and get beat up … if I didn’t jump into it.

‘I was just trying to break up the whole thing because its not fair for somebody to get beat up for something that he is. That’s not really called for.’

Betterson said he had only gotten physical when Griffin had begun throwing punches at him too.

‘He swung at me and was like you can get it too so we got into a fight,’ Betterson said.

Betterson said he understood the school’s policy but thought that 10 days suspension was unfair when all he was trying to was protect another student.

‘I understand [it’s] because how the school policy is, but to be suspended for 10 days, I don’t understand. I’m not going to stand there and watch somebody get bullied.’

Betterson said, despite his suspension, he wouldn’t hesitate to intervene to protect someone from bullying again.

Betterson is on East Lee County High School’s football team and Colon and he were not previously friends.

Colon told WINK News that he was blown away by Betterson’s actions and organized a protest at the school in support of him.

‘I was protected by someone who had no reason to protect me,’ Colon said.

We have nothing in common – he’s on the football team and I’m the flamboyant gay boy.’

Betterson is appealing the length of his suspension.

Police charged Griffin with battery after reviewing security camera footage of the incident.

Gay-straight alliances reduce suicide risk among all students: study

Student-led clubs and anti-homophobia policies found to lower odds of discrimination

By Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun January 20, 2014



Gay-straight alliances reduce suicide risk among all students: study


Both gay and straight students in Canadian schools are less likely to have suicidal tendencies when explicit anti-homophobia interventions such as school-based gay-straight alliances (GSAs) are in place, according to a University of B.C. study.

“This study looked across school districts provincewide and looked at gay-straight alliances and anti-homophobic polices, suicidal thoughts and attempts by both gay and heterosexual students,” said Elizabeth Saewyc, lead author of the study and professor with the UBC school of nursing.

“What we found was when these policies were in place for three years or longer, discrimination based on sexual orientation had lower rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts, and also for heterosexual boys,” Saewyc said Monday.

“For heterosexual boys, the odds of suicide attempts dropped by 48 per cent, 28 per cent for suicidal thoughts.”

She said her study concluded that there was no specific effect on heterosexual girls where school-based GSAs were in place.

Gay-straight alliances are student-led clubs that aim to make the school community a safer place for all students regardless of sexual orientation. Their members include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their straight allies.

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Girls as young as 11 lose their futures as they are accused of forming a society to ‘recruit’ other teens into the ‘act of homosexuality’

A high school in Uganda has expelled more than 20 students for ‘lesbianism’.

Iganga SS, a school for teens in eastern Uganda, claims students had formed a society to ‘recruit’ girls into homosexuality.

Four of the expelled students were only 11 years old.

It is being suggested from local news sources the school management was becoming afraid of being questioned on why the girls were realizing lesbians existed, and did not want the parents to blame the school.

A teacher, who has confirmed the story, said the girls were expelled at the end of the year in order to avoid a backlash from other students.

‘[Homosexuality] has been there but we resolved to bear with it until the end of the year such that the innocent students are not affected,’ the teacher told the Ugandan Observer.

‘You sometimes get learners going on rampage when their colleagues are expelled.’

Local news sources suggest the students had formed a ‘society’ on campus where they regularly met to discuss how to ‘convince’ more students to practice the ‘act of lesbianism’.

It is unknown whether this is true or not.

When Gay Star News contacted the administrators at the school to confirm the story, we were told no comment would ever be made.  

Tom Kimaliyo, a parent at the school, said expelling the students would be ‘disastrous’ to the girls’ future and urged the government to intervene.

‘Expelling is bad and even evil,’ he said. ‘Students are sent to school to be sensitized and educated.

‘If found to be of any negative influence, the best is to get the young girls involved in counselling and monitoring to help them change behaviour or support them in coping with the situation.’

Earlier this month, a former politician launched a campaign to drum up support for the delayed ‘Kill The Gays’ bill.  With the support, it has led to the arrest of a former national soccer manager for sodomy.

While Uganda already punishes LGBTs with life imprisonment for having gay sex, the new law would mean they would face the death penalty if they were a ‘repeat offender’.

California anti-trans referendum may not qualify for ballot
Only 76.76% of signatures on initiative against trans student rights are valid
Only 76.76% of signatures on initiative against trans student rights are valid.

Opponents of a California law which grants trans students certain rights may not have the required support to put the issue before voters.

A coalition of anti-trans conservative groups, calling themselves Privacy for all Students, claimed to have submitted 613,120 signatures to get their initiative placed on the November 2014 ballot.

However, early results of a random sampling of the petition has found that only 76.16% of the signatures are valid.

To qualify for the ballot, the statewide total needs to be more than 95% of the required signatures from a random sample of 3% or 500 signatures. This means that if the trend continues, the anti-trans referendum will not be voted on by the public.

The pro-trans bill, known as AB1266, grants transgender students the rights to use facilities corresponding to their gender.

It was signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown in September, and takes effect from 01 January 2014.

The bill has been attacked by conservative groups, claiming it will ‘confuse’ students and allow some to pose as trans so they can access female changing rooms.

Opponents also include the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, who successfully fought for Proposition 8 in California which outlawed same-sex marriage in 2008.

Le Monde en face : Harcèlement à l’école - France 5 (BA) (by Administrateur Francetv)

A promo for a documentary on bullying in schools that recently aired on France 5.

TW: bullying

(via Gay Male Florida Student Denied Laptop Rental After Librarian Says He’s a Woman: VIDEO| Gay News | Towleroad)

Abdul Asquith, a senior at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida, has come forward about a painful and uncomfortable incident he says occurred recently at his school’s library. As The Gaily Grind points out, Asquith says he tried to check out a laptop to study for his communications class but an FAU librarian denied his request because she thought Asquith was a woman and the ID card he presented depicted a man:

"She looked at the ID and looked down at it. She said, ‘You sound, look and act like a girl and in this ID is a man, therefore I’m not giving you a laptop,’” said Asquith.

Asquith said he was wearing an FAU hoodie, shorts and had his long hair pulled back.

He says he finally was able to rent a laptop after going through three librarians. FAU has not issued an apology and would not return WPTV’s request for a comment as of this writing.

Samantha Lemessy, Asquith’s friend who also witnessed the alleged incident, told WPTV, “Because he acts a certain way, he can’t possibly be this? It shouldn’t even be like that.” The librarian in question did not wish to comment on the incident.

Male cheerleader forced to quit, change schools over ‘gay’ bullying
A 13-year-old boy and his mother is taking action against school district for failing to do enough to protect him
BB and his mother are taking legal action against the school district in Kentucky.

A 13-year-old male cheerleader was forced to quit and leave his school just because bullies thought he was gay.

The middle school student, known as BB, from Louisville, Kentucky, is taking action against the school district.

When he joined the cheerleading squad at his first school, he was the only male in the squad.

Perceived to be gay, bullies relentlessly tortured him in and out of the classroom.

‘It was in the classroom, it was in the cafeteria, and it was in the hallway too,’ he told WDRB.

‘One time I was even practicing and they were chasing me in the squad auditorium.’

BB’s mother has hired a family attorney, who specializes in anti-bullying cases.

Ted Gordon is going to represent the family, after she said the school did not ‘adequately protect her son’.  

She said: ‘This is my son and I love him and I don’t care what he does as long as it’s positive and it’s nothing that’s going to end [up with] him in a juvenile detention center’.

Gordon filed an order for protection in Jefferson County Circuit Court and is asking a judge to order the school district JCPS to protect the student from all harassment.

JCPS claims they have done everything in its power to protect the teen, and believes the protection order filed in court would be ‘impossible’ to fulfil.

They have also changed the teen’s schedule, occasionally escorting him around school, and sending a school counselor to cheer practice and to monitor possible bullying.

The district also highlighted it has held meetings with parents of the victim and the alleged bullies.

BB now attends Holmestead North, which has no cheerleading team, but the harassment still continues.

(via San Antonio High School Elects Two Queens To Homecoming Court| Gay News | Towleroad)
"In an historic moment for C.C. Winn High School in San Antonio, TX the student body defied tradition and elected two girls to the Royal Court for homecoming this year. Though Jennifer Mijares and Eileen Hernandez are not a couple, they are allies and members of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, running on the platform of promoting equality among the student body.
They received immense support from the student body, claiming that every one negative response was met with ten positive. They even had the support of the staff, with Principal Jesus Diaz-Wever stating “that it is important for all persons to be respected and treated with dignity and the students at C.C. Winn High School certainly understand that all persons are equal.”
The true test of support arguably came at halftime during the homecoming game on Friday, October 18th. When Jennifer Mijares and Eileen Hernandez were announced as homecoming queens to all in attendance, the 1,500 fans in the stands cheered.

(via San Antonio High School Elects Two Queens To Homecoming Court| Gay News | Towleroad)

"In an historic moment for C.C. Winn High School in San Antonio, TX the student body defied tradition and elected two girls to the Royal Court for homecoming this year. Though Jennifer Mijares and Eileen Hernandez are not a couple, they are allies and members of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, running on the platform of promoting equality among the student body.

They received immense support from the student body, claiming that every one negative response was met with ten positive. They even had the support of the staff, with Principal Jesus Diaz-Wever stating “that it is important for all persons to be respected and treated with dignity and the students at C.C. Winn High School certainly understand that all persons are equal.”

The true test of support arguably came at halftime during the homecoming game on Friday, October 18th. When Jennifer Mijares and Eileen Hernandez were announced as homecoming queens to all in attendance, the 1,500 fans in the stands cheered.

(via Waukegan students elect gay, lesbian classmates for Homecoming royalty - Lake County News-Sun)
“There are some people saying we shouldn’t have won, or that we won because we are gay, but I think our classmates chose us because they know us, and they chose us just as people,” Reiff added.

(via Waukegan students elect gay, lesbian classmates for Homecoming royalty - Lake County News-Sun)

“There are some people saying we shouldn’t have won, or that we won because we are gay, but I think our classmates chose us because they know us, and they chose us just as people,” Reiff added.

Concord students choose transgender student as homecoming king
  • Ray Ramsey, left, hangs out with his friends at a Concord High School volleyball game on Friday afternoon, October 4. 2013. Ramsey, who plays the trumpet in the band, was the first transgender student to be nominated for Concord High School's homecoming court and won the title at the school's game last weekend. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Ray Ramsey, left, hangs out with his friends at a Concord High School volleyball game on Friday afternoon, October 4. 2013. Ramsey, who plays the trumpet in the band, was the first transgender student to be nominated for Concord High School’s homecoming court and won the title at the school’s game last weekend.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

After Ray Ramsey was crowned Concord High’s homecoming king last weekend, after the cheers from the crowd and hugs from friends, he walked over to his dad. Standing there, his dad grabbed him by the shoulders, looked him in the eye and said, “I am so proud of you.”

“And I just lost it,” said Ray, recalling the moment.

For Ramsey, his family and all of Concord High, this year’s homecoming was one for the history books.

That’s because Ramsey, a senior, is the first transgender student to be elected by fellow students as Concord High royalty.

“He’s just been through a lot, and he’s just a really strong person,” said Anna Robert, the homecoming queen and Ramsey’s good friend. “When I heard his name called, I was like, ‘I can’t even believe it,’ you know?”

Ramsey, now 17, told his family and friends that he was interested in girls when he was in eighth grade. Then, during his junior year, he came out as transgender. Since he entered high school, he’d been asking some people to call him Ray instead of Rachael, but that year he asked people to start referring to him with male pronouns as well.

Even when he was a kid, Ramsey dressed like a boy and acted like one. He has an early memory from kindergarten when a friend asked why he dressed like a boy. Without even thinking, he gave a simple answer: “I’m a boy-girl.”

“I don’t know why, but I remember saying that, and thinking back now it’s an accurate description,” he said.

For homecoming, every student club nominates a king and queen, then the student body votes from that slate of candidates. Ramsey was nominated through Tide Pride, a club for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. He was the first transgender student nominated, although another male student from Tide Pride was named king several years ago.

“It’s a big deal,” said Heather Oullette-Cygan, the club’s adviser, on Ramsey’s win. “I think it means a lot for our school, it certainly means a lot for the kids in the club and even the LGBT students who aren’t necessarily in the club.”

Ramsey doesn’t consider himself a popular kid, but friends and teachers disagree.

“Ray’s a huge part of our school,” said senior class adviser Lisa Lamb, adding that Ramsey won the homecoming vote in a “landslide.” Since his win last weekend, he said students he doesn’t even know have been congratulating him in the hallways.

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