317 posts categorized "Public Education and Youth"

May 25, 2016

Texas education board candidate who called Obama a gay prostitute loses

Good riddance.

May 24, 2016

DC shelters frustrated by lack of funding for LGBT homeless youth

May 13, 2016

Obama Administration To Tell Schools Transgender Students Can Use Restroom Of Choice

May 08, 2016

Bullying of LGBTI students is rife in Japanese high schools, report says

President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at Howard University

A smart presentation on how to get things done instead of just talking about it.

April 24, 2016

WATCH: Michelle Obama Denounces New Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom’ Law

April 23, 2016

Westboro's protest of a school's gender-neutral restroom turns violent

April 19, 2016

US Appeals Court rules in favor of transgender student in Virginia bathroom policy case

April 07, 2016

D.C. Council passes LGBT suicide prevention bill for schools

March 08, 2016

Louisiana gay teens allowed to go to prom after school district steps in

February 09, 2016

SD Bill Banning Trans Students From Playing Sports In Accordance With Their Gender Identity Passes

More exploitation of ignorance and panic by unscrupulous demagogues.

Anti-Gay Parents Tell TN School Board Gay-Straight Alliance Will Be Used To 'Recruit' Children

January 25, 2016

Gay D.C. teacher acquitted of sexual assault

January 03, 2016

Korea's first-ever openly gay student council president speaks out

December 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton answers a question about bullying

November 09, 2015

Univ. of Missouri president resigns over handling of campus racism

If you don't think protest works, check this out.

November 05, 2015

DC Voucher program discussed on Capitol Hill

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's testimony on the Opportunity Scholarship program can be found here.

November 04, 2015

Anti-LGBT Fairfax school board member loses re-election bid

Good riddance to the viciously anti-gay Eugene Delgaudio.

Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota

Superb article by Dale Carpenter on the latest assault on free speech and academic discourse at a public university because the speaker was Israeli. I myself am critical of Israel (I am a longstanding supporter of Israel horrified by the policies of Netanyahu), but shouting down an academic lecture in this way is wrong and inimical to the mission of a university. Such illiberal behavior in the name of justice should be punished and rebuked.

October 29, 2015

The University of North Carolina’s New President Is Shockingly Anti-Gay

I write about the noxious former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings here.

October 22, 2015

House passes Boehner’s DC school 'choice' bill

As The Hill says of this, "Passage represents a swan song for the outgoing Speaker." We are very much opposed to this program. Here's a link to the letter from D.C. Council members opposing the program. We were pleased to take part in persuading members to sign the letter.

October 15, 2015

Rosenstein: end D.C. private school vouchers

Congressional imposition of private school vouchers on the District is not just being done by Republicans. Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Cory Booker back the program as well. Former Mayor Anthony Williams is a longtime proponent of the program. We at GLAA think it is inappropriate to spend public tax dollars to subsidize faith-based education when such schools are free to discriminate against us. There are other reasons as well, including studies that show the programs don't work, and the lack of accountability. Read the letter from D.C. Council members opposing vouchers.

Vito and Michael support #SpiritDay

I am digging way back in my closet to find something purple to wear this evening to show my support for ending bullying. Here's to all who are struggling against it.

October 12, 2015

Best hashtag ever: #CocksNotGlocks

October 08, 2015

Grosso and Colleagues Call on Congress to Let D.C. Decide Local Education Policy

DC Council Letter to Rep Chaffetz Oct 2015

GLAA is proud to be part of the coalition that lobbied D.C. Councilmembers on this. Thanks to Councilmembers Grosso, Bonds, Allen, Alexander, May, Nadeau, Silverman, and Evans for their signatures and their support. GLAA signed a joint letter with other organizations on the same issue in May. Notorious congressional homophobe Jason Chaffetz is planning to mark up the continuation of the program on Friday.

August 15, 2015

Texas School Board Nixes Vote On LGBT Protections

July 28, 2015

A Golden Girl's legacy brings hope to LGBT youth

Mormon Church may leave the Boy Scouts over end of ban on gay leaders

I was going to just say buh-bye, but the fact is that this will hurt kids and help no one. A lovely approach to religion.

Boy Scouts of America ends ban on gay leaders

It's only a partial victory, because church-affiliated chapters can still choose to discriminate. The contrast between welcoming and non-welcoming chapters will continue to be a thorn in BSA's side.

June 13, 2015

High School Pride

This Metro Weekly story about Pride Day at Cardozo High School also features students from the GSA at School Without Walls, who indicate they were inspired to attend by their teacher, Charles Butler. Charles is GLAA's VP for Political Affairs. Way to go, Mr. Butler!

June 04, 2015

The Day the World Didn't End

My latest Blade column looks at auspicious signs of ‪#‎LGBT‬ progress, including today's youth who are unfazed by apocalyptic prophecies by Republican politicians.

May 16, 2015

Casa Ruby house for homeless LGBT youth set to open

May 14, 2015

D.C. organizations write to Congress opposing school vouchers

GLAA is proud to be part of a diverse coalition of DC-based organizations that wrote on Wednesday to the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee opposing congressional imposition of private school vouchers on the District of Columbia.

The letter begins:

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:

As organizations that represent residents of the District of Columbia, we write to express our opposition to the DC private school voucher program, which was implemented by Congress as part of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act.

Our organizations represent a diverse cross section of the residents of Washington, DC, with a wide variety of interests and concerns. We are united, however, in opposing this voucher program, which was imposed upon us by a Congress in which we have no voting representation. Some of the undersigned groups oppose the DC voucher because the program is ineffective and lacks accountability; others because the program offends the notion of home rule; and still others because the program allows private schools to receive federal funds and educate our students while they maintain exemptions from federal and District of Columbia civil rights protections.

Organizations signing the letter are ACLU of the Nation's Capital; Anti-Defamation League, Washington, DC Region; DC Vote; Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.; Jews United for Justice; National Organization for Women, DC Chapter; and Washington Teachers' Union.

Read the full letter here.

April 30, 2015

Hillary Clinton addresses Baltimore crisis

Excellent speech by Mrs. Clinton, appearing at Columbia University.

April 24, 2015

Sign of the times: straight student asks his gay best friend to prom

News like this is more gratifying than words can express.

April 23, 2015

Amendment to protect LGBT homeless youth fails in Senate

I am glad this measure got some Republican votes. That the rest of that caucus could not be minimally humane is very disturbing but sadly not surprising. When you say there is no difference between the political parties, and when you don't bother voting, or abandon an imperfect Democrat in favor of a third-party candidate you know cannot win, you should not be surprised when you get legislative results like this.

Dan Savage: homophobia is gay

February 19, 2015

Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History

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(Students protest proposed changes to U.S. history curriculum in Colorado. AP photo)

Think Progress reports:

An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools.

The reason I don't advocate nuking Oklahoma for this is that history teaches us that it would be a terrible idea.

January 24, 2015

Jack Jacobson elected president of D.C. State Board of Education

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Jack Jacobson, Ward 2 representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, has been elected by his colleagues as the body's president. A State Board news release states:

Mr. Jacobson’s focus has been on raising educational achievement in the District’s traditional public and public charter schools, constituent services, public safety, and cooperation between District agencies. Most recently, Mr. Jacobson served as the Chair of the State Board’s Implementation Committee, where he oversaw the review and subsequent adoption of the District’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver....

After taking office, Mr. Jacobson shared, “I look forward to working with all of my colleagues, as well as the community, our students, teachers, principals, and other stakeholders, to ensure that our education system is exemplary and that all students have the opportunity to receive an excellent education. I also look forward to strengthening the relationship between the State Board and the State Superintendent of Education, the Deputy Mayor for Education, the Chancellor, the Public Charter School Board, the DC Council’s Committee on Education, and all of our school leaders.”

Congrats to Jack, who is my own State Board rep and is the highest-ranking openly gay elected official in the District, following the departures of David Catania and Jim Graham from the D.C. Council. Best of luck to him in his new post.

January 16, 2015

OMG, evil pentagram symbols on a school bus

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WMC Action News in Memphis reports the latest in satanic subversion.

Wait, aren't there 50 of these devilish symbols on THE AMERICAN FLAG? I'm just trying to be helpful. Just one more comment: given that this kind of aggressive ignorance and paranoia are running rampant, anyone who is comparatively sane and reasonable, yet makes excuses for not voting, deserves to be possessed by demons.