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David Foggin

W.Va. high school teacher suspended for Facebook post mocking gay group

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A West Virginia high school teacher has been suspended following a Facebook post he made in which he appears to be mocking a planned meeting of the school’s gay-straight alliance. [ Read more → ]
David Foggin

W.Va. teacher under fire for Facebook post mocking gay-straight alliance

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A West Virginia school district is investigating a high school teacher over a Facebook post in which he appears to be mocking a planned meeting of the school's gay-straight alliance. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit challenging Fla. school’s denial of gay-straight alliance moves forward

Friday, March 7, 2014
TAVERES, Fla. — Students fighting to have a gay-straight alliance club at their middle school in central Florida have won a partial victory for the time being. [ Read more → ]

ACLU files second lawsuit after Fla. school again blocks gay-straight alliance

Thursday, December 19, 2013
OCALA, Fla. — The ACLU on Thursday sued a central Florida school district for the second time this year, claiming it is once again refusing to approve a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at a middle school. [ Read more → ]

Gay-Straight Alliances: Empowering youth, saving lives

Sunday, December 1, 2013
I have a vague memory of hearing announcements and seeing posters for it on the walls. I remember wanting to go. I hadn’t yet come out at this point but I had the sense that I would find support and understanding in this club, and I wanted to be a part of it so badly. But there was a barrier in my mind that prevented me from being able to attend the club. I graduated without going to even one meeting... [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey: ‘Trashy’ gay-straight alliances promote ‘disease’

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Ohio-based Religious Right activist Linda Harvey is upset that the Ohio Education Association is helping Gay-Straight Alliance clubs get off the ground, which she warns will lead more students into “sinful deviant behaviors that put young people at great risk of disease and other poor outcomes.” [ Read more → ]
TwitterA high school students wears her gay-straight alliance t-shirt at a book fair in Nixa, Mo.

Mo. lawmaker upset by pro-gay shirts worn at elementary school book fair

Friday, October 18, 2013
NIXA, Mo. — A Missouri state representative said he was unhappy that two high school students were wearing gay-supportive T-shirts while working at an elementary school book fair. [ Read more → ]

Caribou Coffee apologizes after erasing window art by local gay-straight alliance

Monday, September 30, 2013
NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- The Caribou Coffee chain is apologizing after a Chicago-area store erased window art completed by a local high school's gay-straight alliance. [ Read more → ]

Settlement announced in N.Y. school district anti-gay bias lawsuit

Friday, August 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. — A northern New York school district has agreed to a series of measures to combat bullying as part of a settlement of a former student's anti-gay bias lawsuit. [ Read more → ]
Orlando SentinelBayli Silberstein

Judge’s ruling reinforces Fla. teen’s right to organize gay-straight alliance

Friday, May 31, 2013
OCALA, Fla. -- A federal judge on Thursday reinforced the right of a Florida teen to organize a gays-straight alliance at her middle school. [ Read more → ]
Bayli Silberstein

Fla. school agrees to allow gay-straight alliance one day after ACLU files suit

Thursday, May 2, 2013
OCALA, Fla. -- Just one day after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against a Florida school district for denying students from forming a gay-straight alliance, the school board ended months of delays and said it will allow the club. [ Read more → ]

Victory and denial as ACLU fights Fla. schools over gay-straight alliances

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
OCALA, Fla. — The American Civil Liberties Union said it is suing one Florida school district for denying students to form a gay-straight alliance, while another district relents and now says it will allow a similar club at a nearby high school. [ Read more → ]

ACLU to represent students who say school is stalling on gay-straight alliance

Saturday, April 20, 2013
KATHLEEN, Fla. — The American Civil Liberties Union says it will represent two students who have been unable to obtain permission to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at Kathleen High School in Polk County, Fla.. [ Read more → ]

Pa. school to allow gay-straight alliance for one week while it reconsiders vote

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- In an effort to avoid a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a Pennsylvania school district said it would allow a gay-straight alliance to meet until the school board can reconsider its application at next week's meeting. [ Read more → ]

Legal action threatened over Pa. school’s refusal to allow gay-straight alliance

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening legal action against a central Pennsylvania school board that denied students' request to form a club that would bring together gay and straight students. [ Read more → ]

Pa. school board votes to deny formation of gay-straight alliance

Thursday, February 28, 2013
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Despite hearing testimony that LGBT youth were three times more likely to take their own lives as opposed to their straight peers, Chambersburg Pennsylvania School Board Member on Wednesday voted against allowing a gay-straight alliance to be established at a local high school. [ Read more → ]
Orlando SentinelBayli Silberstein

Local residents pack school board meeting to debate gay-straight alliance

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
More than 100 parents, students and local residents packed a Lake County, Fla., school board meeting on Monday to voice their opinion on a possible ban on extracurricular clubs after a student applied to form a gay-straight alliance club. [ Read more → ]

Fla. school district considers eliminating clubs to avoid allowing gay-straight alliance

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
TAVARES, Fla. -- The Lake County School Board is considering eliminating all non-academic clubs from middle and high school campuses instead of allowing a student to form a gay-straight alliance. [ Read more → ]

New research shows LGBTQ-inclusive lessons improve school climate

Friday, June 8, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A report released this week by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition (CSSC) provides new insight into the impact on individual students and school climate as a whole when different class lessons include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and issues. [ Read more → ]

‘Church vs. State’ showdown sparked by dispute over gay-straight alliances

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
TORONTO -- A dispute over the use of the term "gay-straight alliance" in Ontario schools has prompted the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto on Monday to accuse Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's administration of making “religious freedom . . . a second-class right.” [ Read more → ]
Julia and

‘Gay? Fine by me’ t-shirts gain student support at Maine high school

Thursday, March 29, 2012
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- When a high school math teacher hung a t-shirt containing the message, “gay? fine by me” in her classroom, she was expecting it might elicit some reactions, but was surprised when dozens of students said they wanted a t-shirt like it of their own. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Scott Lively: Gay-Straight alliance clubs are designed to recruit kids

Friday, February 3, 2012
Scott Lively has found time to go after the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and accuse them of creating Gay-Straight Alliances in schools as part of an effort to seduce lonely kids and recruit them into homosexuality: [ Read more → ]
Joe Ragan

TN lawmaker compares homosexuality to ‘pedophilia, prostitution, murder’

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
According to Tennessee lawmaker Joe Ragan, gay “feelings” can be controlled by “mentally healthy adult human beings,” and questioned, “Should society avoid disapproving of pedophilia, prostitution, murder, etc., because practitioners of those behaviors may commit suicide at higher rates?” [ Read more → ]

Colorado advocacy group offers help in creating gay-straight alliances

Saturday, December 17, 2011
The move to “make it better,” just got better. One Colorado, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, has launched a new program to facilitate the creation of gay-straight alliances in Colorado schools and secure safe school environments for all students. [ Read more → ]

TN school will allow students to wear t-shirts promoting gay-straight alliance

Thursday, October 20, 2011
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. – The Monroe County Board of Education has agreed to allow students to wear T-shirts in support of the formation of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at the school, according to a statement released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. [ Read more → ]
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