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‘Gay-free’ Prom Backfires on Sullivan, Indiana High School Bigots

Response to Diana medley

Yesterday John Becker reported on the “evangelical” and small group of bigoted students and parents in the small  town of Sullivan, Indiana, with the help of a special education teacher at Sullivan High School, were planning to hold a private, parallel (“traditional”) prom solely because they’ll be able to exclude LGBT students from it.

Well the plan has backfired as townspeople, clergy, and other students are standing up against them and calling out their homophobic bigotry and hate.

Jim Davis of Sullivan declared that “we shouldn’t be condemning people, and that’s what judgment is. . Love them as a person. You don’t have to love what they do, because the gays may not love all the mistakes you make.”

Emily Butler, a junior at Sullivan High, said: “You should be able to go with whoever you want. You shouldn’t be discriminated against for what you are, what you believe in.”

Even the pastor of the church that hosted the original organizing meeting is standing up and saying that  the church doesn’t back the effort to throw a straights-only prom for students at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Ind.

And as for Diana Medley, the “special-ed” teacher who said that allowing gay and lesbian students to attend the prom is “offensive to us,” and created a firestorm of criticism by equating gay and lesbian teenagers to students with developmental disabilities saying that “It’s the same thing with my special-needs kids,” she said. “I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”

It turns out that Medley is not even a teacher at Sullivan High School but a well-known homophobic bigot who teaches at another school, North Central Junior/Senior High School, in nearby Farmersburg. who was spreading her hate to Sullivan High School when she had no business doing so.

Meanwhile fellow Hoosier state teacher Nate Walden  (above) was not having any of special-ed Medley’s bullshit about gay  kids choosing to be that way and serving no purpose in life. So he posted this  awesome photo on Facebook.

A Change.org  petition has been started asking for the school district to appropriate  discipline her, including the possibility of termination. And a Facebook group created for those in favor of an unbiased  prom experience, with more than 1,100 members.

 

Canadian Man Receives Apology For High School Yearbook’s Anti-Gay Slur 42 Years Late

After 42 years a Vancouver, British Columbia man has finally received an apology for the gay slur “fag” which was published in his high school yearbook.

Robin Tomlin  has received a letter of apology from the North Vancouver School District for a homophobic slur that was printed in his high school yearbook more than four decades ago.

Via CBC News

I am writing to formally provide you with a sincere apology on behalf of the entire North Vancouver School District,” says a letter sent to Robin Tomlin on Oct. 4 and signed by John Lewis, the district’s superintendent of schools.

Tomlin has been haunted for years after his high school yearbook committee printed the word “fag” next to his picture in the 1970 Argyle Secondary School yearbook.

Tomlin isn’t gay, but he says the slur stuck and he was badly bullied in school. He says he was even too afraid to go to his school prom for fear of being beaten up and eventually moved out of the area to start a new life.

“H8SUX” To Fight Homophobia in Schools By Giving Kids FREE ‘OK 4 U 2 Be Gay’ T-shirts – Video

Luke Montgomery, who  the well-known FCKH8 campaign which has raised more than $250K for equality causes wants to fight homophobia and bullying  in schools by giving away free t-shirts to any teen who simply makes a special YouTube video pledge to speak out against homophobia.

Says Montgomery:

We are recruiting kids to the cause of promoting the acceptance of homosexuality in schools. In a world full of bullies, suicide and hate, thousands of school kids wearing a pro-gay message in classrooms can be lifesaving and great. Kids are born gay, lesbian, bi and trans – and when I came out at 15, I was brutally beaten and left unconscious and bloody in a ditch. In 2012, kids should not be bullied and attacked just for being who they are. This free T-shirt will be a pro-gay billboard plastered on the chests of thousands of kids in classrooms across the nation. Our agenda is simple: to tell kids that it’s “OK4U2BGAY.”

For every adults that buys a hoodie, tank top or tee sold on H8SUX.com  the site  will send an “OK4U2BGAY”  tee to a teen for free.