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“in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” …Coco Chanel

Came across this on the news….

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas intervened today on behalf of a high school student who has been denied the right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, TX. ….clubs that bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight students to support each other and promote tolerance.

Nikki Peet, 17, first approached Principal James Crenshaw in November 2010 with a request to form a GSA. In response, Crenshaw asked her to change the club’s name and mission. She submitted a revised proposal in January 2011, which the school again denied. …

Instead of allowing the GSA to meet, FBISD administrators have reportedly moved to ban other extracurricular clubs. The ACLU letter points out that banning all extracurricular clubs is an unlawful prior restraint on Nikki’s speech, similar to a Mississippi school district’s efforts to cancel the prom in the ACLU’s case on behalf of Constance McMillen.

read the whole story here http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/aclu-demands-flour-bluff-high-school-allow-gay-straight-alliance-student-club-meet-0.

These administrators are amazingly uninformed and shortsighted

Don’t they know that thirty percent of all teen suicides are committed by young people struggling with issues around their sexual orientation or gender identity?

They would rather cancel all activities than let the kids meet and get support and foster tolerance. To what end? To isolate the kids further?

When will these people learn and open their eyes!

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  1. admin says:

    Way to go Nikki Peet!

    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Board of Trustees of Flour Bluff Independent School District in Corpus Christi, TX granted permission late Tuesday night to students to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club on the campus of Flour Bluff High School after the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas had intervened on behalf of Nikki Peet, a high school student who had been denied permission to start the club. The school had previously threatened to prevent all extracurricular groups from meeting rather than allow the GSA to form.

    …Students and activists from around the country have expressed support for Peet and for the GSA. A petition circulated by Change.org garnered over 54,000 signatures, and local activists held a rally outside of the school on March 4. Though the school district has yet to confirm the decision in writing, the school board voted to allow all extracurricular clubs, including the GSA, to meet on campus for at least the remainder of the school year following a four-hour closed session meeting on March 8.

    “The outpouring of support for Nikki and for the GSA shows that there is a real need for clubs like this to help young people feel safe and secure about who they are,” said Lisa Graybill, Legal Director for the ACLU of Texas. “We are glad that the Flour Bluff school board has recognized the free speech rights of Nikki and her peers.”