Bil Browning

The radical right vs gay teens

Filed By Bil Browning | July 05, 2006 1:17 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement

An alert reader caught this posting on "Dispatches from the Culture Wars" and thought it was something bilerico readers would enjoy reading. It's a great description of a high school GSA's fight for equal access. I think you'll enjoy it too.

One of the most valuable and interesting trends of the last decade has been the formation of Gay/Straight Alliances in high schools around the country. I think it's valuable because, obviously, I think it's very important for straight people to stand side by side with our gay friends and fight for their rights. We should not treat the issue as just their problem; it is our problem as well. But naturally, the religious right is absolutely appalled by such clubs and want them gone. And in some cases, they're winning.

At South Rowan High School, near Charlotte, NC, Flip Benham's group Operation Save America jumped into action when a GSA was forming at that school, got some 700 people to show up at the school board meeting and get them to ban the club from the school. In doing so, they violated the Equal Access Act - the very same act that protects the right of prayer groups and bible clubs to form in public schools. But it seems that the religious right wants only their views to be expressed in such clubs, no one else's.

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Marla R. Stevens | July 6, 2006 10:04 AM

I hope the GSA sues the pants off 'em!