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Hephaestion
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posted 25 March 2006 11:45 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
With "friends" like these...

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(Williston, VT) School officials are regrouping and may try again after parent complaints prompted them to cancel anti-harassment sessions in which a gay teenager was scheduled to speak to seventh- and eighth-graders.

"I think the school is doing absolutely the right thing by trying to build that issue into its educational program," Superintendent Brian O'Regan said Friday, a day after a meeting between school officials and parents ended with the sessions being canceled.

O'Regan, of the Chittenden South Supervisory Union school district, and Williston Central School Principal Walter Nardelli said a speaker sponsored by the gay advocacy group Outright Vermont was to speak to groups of students about his own experiences dealing with negative feedback from peers because of his sexual orientation.

But Nardelli said sponsorship of the talks by Outright Vermont put off some parents.

"I think that it raised questions," he said. "People had visited their Web site and were concerned. The parents are not opposed to the topic, but some were a little bit worried about what the message was going to be."

Outright Vermont's Web site carries the slogan "Creating a Queer Youth Community Since 1989," and contains a mission statement:

"The mission of Outright Vermont is to foster sensitivity and understanding of the issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Through education and outreach, we seek to challenge stereotypes and prejudice and create an environment in which all young people can realize their full potential, free from the weight of hate and fear."

A link on the site for parents says, "It can be equally as stressful for parents as for youth in the coming out process. Outright has plenty of books, resources and information that we can provide you!"

Kate Jerman, co-executive director of Outright, said cancellation of Thursday's event meant that several hundred students missed out on the group's anti-bullying presentation.

"The message they (students) got was clearly this isn't an OK thing to talk about," Jerman said. "That's a lot of damage to the school climate from one very small action."

Connor McFadden, the Burlington teenager who was to speak to the Williston students, said he hoped to suggest ways students of all sexual orientations could stand up for gay, lesbian and bisexual young people.

"They (parents at the meeting) immediately took that to assume that I was going to convert their kids to being gay or something along the lines of that," he said.

[...]

Nardelli said the school would continue to look for ways to get the anti-bullying message across.

"You probably realize there's a lot of fear out there on the issue," he said. "It isn't that they (parents) don't want their kids educated on this. They just wanted to know how far are you going to go?"


Principal Nardelli: "The parents are not opposed to the topic, but some were a little bit worried about what the message was going to be" ... "... there's a lot of fear out there on the issue... It isn't that they don't want their kids educated on this. They just wanted to know how far are you going to go"...

WTF... this guy is supposed to be on OUR side?! How many different ways can this bastard come up with to say-but-not-say that the ignorant, bigoted parents are perpetuating the LIE that queers are out to "convert" or "recruit" school-aged kids?! The PARENTS are the ones in need of this talk, and the effing PRINCIPAL as well! Jeeeeeeeeeeee-ZUZ Murphy!

ETA:

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Nardelli said the school would continue to look for ways to get the anti-bullying message across.


Howzabout the parents who complained and Nardelli himself try to stop being such bigots with with pretensions of such "inclusiveness" and "tolerance"?!

"Oh, I'm so liberal and tolerant. I'm all for cutting out the gay-bashing... as long as my kids don't get gay cooties..."

[ 31 March 2006: Message edited by: Hephaestion ]


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Hephaestion
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posted 25 March 2006 06:26 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Principal to explain his actions

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The principal of the Williston Central School is planning to send parents a letter explaining why he canceled an anti-bullying presentation by the gay and lesbian group Outright Vermont.

[...]

Principal Walter Nardelli said there were a variety of objections.

"It was obvious to me that there was confusion about the breadth and range of the topic and how it was going to be discussed," Nardelli said. "There was definitely some confusion in people's mind of, 'What are you going to talk about?'"

The Outright Vermont presentation has not been rescheduled.

The public will get a chance to discuss the issue at a future school board meeting. Nardelli said he did not know when the school board meeting would be.

The canceled workshops were to be part of Outright Vermont's Safe and Supportive Schools series.

Parents were told of the presentation in advance and told they could keep their children out of the program. Nardelli said about 20 of the school's 260 students were not going to attend.

A gay teenager was to have spoken with seventh and eighth-graders about his own experiences dealing with hostility from other students because of his sexual orientation.

Parents were invited to an orientation Thursday before the event was to begin.

Parent Chris Geffken, a father of four, said parents should have participated in the decision to invite the group and he objected to their message on religious grounds.

"They are promoting a lifestyle that is against our belief system and our faith," said Geffken, a Roman Catholic.


"Nardelli said about 20 of the school's 260 students were not going to attend."

Those were prolly the students who needed to hear it the *most*. I wish they'd stop excusing this kind of crap as "morals" or "religious beliefs" and just say "If you're a bigot, we understand that you want to pass your ignorance and hatred on to successive generations. We don't agree, but we will respect your parental rights to keep your children ignorant and prejudiced. Hopefully they will achieve enlightenment despite you."

[ 25 March 2006: Message edited by: Hephaestion ]


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Hephaestion
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posted 31 March 2006 08:08 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Well, it's turning into quite the little trend... First we had Viroqua, Wisconsin, where:

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For the second time Viroqua High School has cancelled Diversity Day after conservative Christians balked at the inclusion of gay speakers.

[...]

Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based public interest law firm that regularly fights LGBT civil rights issues notified the school that it represented Pastor Don Greven of Bad Axe Lutheran Church and Charles Lind, grandfather of a Viroqua High senior who were concerned that representatives of the so-called ex-gay movement or other Christians opposed to homosexuality were not invited to speak.

Liberty Counsel, in a fax to the school, obtained by the La Crosse Tribune, warned that if Diversity Day went on the school could face legal action.

"By excluding the Christian and ex-gay viewpoints, the District violates the Establishment Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of equal protection," the fax said.


Then it was this case in Williston, Vermont, above, again where a small group of parents protested.

Now, it's Somers, New York, where:

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It was to have been a speech on diversity but the head of the national Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GSLEN) cancelled after a group of parents claimed it was nothing more than "propaganda for the gay agenda". 

Members of Somers High School's Human Rights Club invited Kevin Jennings, GSLEN's executive director to speak after several students heard him deliver an address at a school in Westchester.

A group of parents organized Concerned Citizens and demanded the school cancel the invitation.

"Our issue is whether or not their personal choice of private sexual behavior should be publicly promoted as an equally valid option for our children," Judy Birdsall, the mother of a ninth-grader told the Journal News

"We do not believe this should be sanctioned by the school in a daytime school assembly."

As the pressure mounted, Jennings decided to cancel his engagement at the school -- something other parents and Principal Linda Horisk said they regretted.

Horisk and the Human Rights Club had been planning the event for more than a year.

"We aren't trying to promote anything, except making our school a comfortable community for all our students, regardless of their race, religion or sexual orientation," said 16-year old Jacqueline Palumbo, the club's president.


Once again, apparently a small band of militant activists pushing the heterosexual agenda seem to be dictating to the majority.

How much of this can we tolerate?

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Hephaestion
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posted 05 April 2006 04:50 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
"Deal" offered... group not sure if it will accept

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A Vermont LGBT civil rights group that was turned away from a Williston school moments before it was to give a speech on bullying has been invited to return, but new conditions may result in the group rejecting the offer.

[...]

Earlier this week more than 200 people attended a special meeting called by the School Board. Most people supported having the group speak but a handful of residents engaged in a heated debate. 

In the end the board decided to invite the group back but allow parents to pull their students out of the assembly if they objected.

Outright Vermont spokesperson Kate Jerman said she wasn't sure her organization would participate if it was subject to different conditions than other presenters. 

In Somers, New York last week, Kevin Jennings the executive director of the national Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network pulled out of speaking engagement at a school because of past minute restrictions imposed by the principal when some parents objected to the address.

Jennings said principal Linda Horisk wanted to make attendance at the assembly optional, something Jennings felt would have sent a wrong message to students. Horisk also wanted to make changes to the speech, which Jennings said would have "gutted" the speech and which he was not prepared to do.

[ 05 April 2006: Message edited by: Hephaestion ]


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