Expelled For Being Gay In Georgia

Georgia, what the hell is going on? I received an email from allout.org today, in the middle of College Composition II, which immediately distracted me from the topic at hand. Fortunately, I am using my computer to take notes, and was able to look more into the issue. According to The New York Times, over 100 schools are taking advantage of some policy to ban gay students. Let me say that one more time. Over 100 schools in Georgia are banning LGB*students.

The 400 students at a private school in Woodstock, for example, must adhere to a policy that states, “Homosexual behavior, whether an ‘immoral act’ or ‘identifying statement,’ is incompatible with enrollment at Cherokee Christian Schools and is a basis for dismissal.”

A male student at the Shiloh Hills Christian School in Kennesaw, who utters “I like boys” or “I am a homosexual” will be expelled.

And at the 800-student Providence Christian Academy 20 miles north of Atlanta, a student who is gay, lesbian or bisexual or supports people who are could be kicked out.

They’re even targeting allies of LGB* students. And students with LGB* parents.

Steve Suitts, the vice president of the foundation and the author of the report, said that as many as a third of the schools in the scholarship program have strict antigay policies or adhere to a religious philosophy that holds homosexuality as immoral or a sin.

As a result, his report says, public money is being spent by private educational institutions that “punish, denounce and even demonize students in the name of religion solely because they are gay, state that they are homosexual, happen to have same-sex parents or guardians, or express support or tolerance for gay students at school, away from school or at home.”

Punish, denounce, and even demonize students in the name of religion. Because of their sexual orientation, because of the sexual orientation of their parents, or because they support those people who have minority sexual orientations.

People are worried about bullying of LGBT* students, and wonder where their children learn this behavior. There was practically a suicide epidemic, and people wondered why. Here is your answer. Systematic oppression, bullying by the schools themselves, setting an example that it is okay to treat LGBT* students in a way that could be defined as bullying. Society itself says that LGBT* people are inferior in some way. Society tells young, impressionable people that gays don’t have the right to marry. Gays don’t have the right to be treated as human beings. Gays don’t have the same rights as everyone else. What other conclusion would children draw but that LGBT* people are a target, and one that is supported by society.

There was no mention of the policy of these 100 odd schools regarding transgender* students. If I had to guess, I would say that should it come up, these students would be expelled as well. After all, why not? Being homosexual or bisexual is definitely more acceptable in society than being transgender*. I can only imagine what would happen to a student who came out as trans* or gender non-conforming in these schools.

Sign the petition at allout.org. Raise awareness of this problem. Share it on facebook and twitter, and get your friends and followers to sign. I know I will.

Via:

No Gays Allowed?

Backed By State Money, Georgia Scholarships Go to Schools Barring Gays

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8 thoughts on “Expelled For Being Gay In Georgia

  1. What I find is so sad is that in many ways it is PC for voice support for LGBT* people while doing little or nothing to actually address the issues.
    As my Grandmother use to say, ” It isn’t what you say, it is what you do.”

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    • I completely agree. It’s so popular to say that your for LGBT* acceptance and tolerance and whatnot, but most of those people who say that aren’t doing anything about it.

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  2. Unfortunately, private schools can make these kinds of decisions and there will still be plenty of families who enroll students precisely because of that kind of policy. Perhaps someone needs to start a private school for LGBT kids and their allies, so they can concentrate on getting an education free of harassment, prejudice, and bullying.

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    • It’s a very good point, that private schools can do this sort of thing. However, one of the issues in this particular case, as I understand it, is that these schools are receiving funding from the state, creating a whole new issue.
      And in my opinion, regardless of the fact that private schools can do such a thing, doesn’t mean that they should be allowed to do it. I feel that we need to work more towards LGBT* acceptance as a society, teaching our children that being of a gender or sexuality is normal.
      While on the surface the idea of a private school just for LGBT* kids seems like a good idea, I disagree that it is a viable solution. It is a temporary fix, a bandaid, that doesn’t address the greater issue.

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      • Schools that use state funds should not be allowed to have discriminatory policies in place; I must have missed that.

        Yes, a school for LGBT* kids would only be a temporary fix and encourages the “separate but equal” thinking. I made the comment more in the spirit of providing a safe and nurturing space for the kids so they can concentrate on learning. So many of the kids in the LGBT* community quit school, underperform, or commit suicide. If they had a space where they weren’t bullied and harassed, maybe they could finish and make a better future for themselves, and then, in turn, make the larger communities in which they live better places with their skills and leadership.

        Having an education is what helped me have a job that allowed me to pay for transition; too many people in the transgender community don’t have enough education to get themselves into a similar position.

        Having the education I do has also helped me be part of the decision-making group; I am now in a position to educate others and affect policy. I want other LGBT* kids to have that same experience.

      • There are a few – very few – schools for LGBT (and allies) youth who have been kicked out of their schools and/or homes. The Harvey Milk High School in New York is the only one that comes to mind at the moment.

        As for overall inclusive schools, they exist, but usually in ulta-liberal pockets like Berkeley. Even then, only one or two kids have LGB parents, for instance, and the educators must constantly be educated.

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