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Gay Beaverton, OR Student Teacher Seth Stambaugh Gets His Job Back After Being Fired For Being Gay

Openly gay Seth Stambaugh, a Lewis & Clark Grad School student teacher, was removed from Sexton Mountain Elementary School in Beaverton, OR in September following a complaint by ONE parent, over a conversation Stambaugh had with a student about his marital status in which he stated it would be illegal for him to marry because he would choose to marry a man.

After threats of discrimination lawsuits, negative publicity, and 22 parents of students at the school writing a letter in support of Stambaugh, and demanding the district to reinstate the student teacher, whom they said had “positive rapport” with his students.  Yesterday, Seth Stamburgh was reinstated to his teaching position in the Beaverton School District under an agreement reached between Lewis & Clark College and the school district.

His lawyer Luke Perriguey said, “Mr. Stambaugh is joyous beyond belief. He is celebrating privately with friends and family and will make a public statement to all media in the next few days.”

Stambaugh will resume his student teaching duties at Sexton Mountain Elementary School next Thursday, returning him to his regular Thursday and Friday schedule.

The Beaverton School District and Beaverton  itself  is no stranger to anti gay sentiments and harassment.  In 2009 a teacher in the Beaverton School District was “harassed, intimidated and humiliated,” for attempting to produce “The Laramie Project.” The play is about the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard . Beaverton, Oregon is also the home of one of “Recall Sam Adams” extreme anti-gay nutcases Patrick Mulcahy.

Congratulations Seth on your reinstatement.

Beaverton, Oregon Student Teacher Seth Stambaugh Fired For Telling Student That He Is Gay. – Welcome Back To 1965

Seth Stambaugh, a 23 year old teaching student, claims he has been discriminated against while on an assignment as a student teacher at an elementary school in the Beaverton, Oregon Student District

The Portland Mercury details has details

Stambaugh was leading a journaling activity in the classroom when one of the students asked whether Stambaugh was married. Stambaugh said he was not and, when the student asked why, replied that it would be illegal for him to get married because he “would choose to marry another guy.” The student pressed further, asking if that meant Stambaugh liked to hang out with guys and Stambaugh responded, “Yeah.” That was the end of the conversation.

After that, says Perriguey, word of the short conversation apparently got back to parent who had previously complained about Stambaugh’s appearance. (“pressed pants, an oxford shirt, a tie and a cardigan. Stambaugh has a light Van Dyke and pulls his hair back into a pony tail.”) The parent called the school and threatened to remove his child from the classroom.

On September 15th, the principal of Sexton Mountain called the Beaverton School District and told them that Stambaugh was barred from teaching in the district. Stambaugh was told that the comments he had made about his marital status were “inappropriate.”

“There’s no factual dispute about what happened,” says Stambaugh. “The question is whether we tolerate what happened in this state and this culture.”

Welcome back to 1965 everybody!

Unfortunately this might be a tough fight for Stambaugh  it turns out that Oregons state labor laws protecting civil rights often don’t cover interns, volunteers, or people like student teacher Seth Stambaugh who were not full employees, and it seems Gay Inc, in OR is just as spineless as the rest of the country because no local LGBT group has taken on Stambaugh’s case to champion. The Q Center’s Kendall Clawson says her group “likes to stay relatively neutral until we have all of the facts” but noted that the case “draws attention to the fact that we still, in 2010, are having to struggle for our rights to work, live and love equally in this country.” and Basic Rights Oregon representatives were too busy racing around preparing for their GLEE-themed fundraiser, but emailed a statement saying the group is “paying close attention to the situation” and “actively encouraging all parties to find a resolution.”  (Typical)  But  Equity Foundation, Executive Director Peter Cunningham states that. “It’s not the first time we’ve had trouble with the Beaverton school system.  In 2009 a teacher in the Beaverton School District was “harassed, intimidated and humiliated,” for attempting to produce “The Laramie Project.” The play is about the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard .

Beaverton, Oregon  is also the home of one of  “Recall Sam Adam’s”  anti-gay nutcases Patrick Mulcahy

Beaverton OR. This weeks winner of Douchiest Town In America.