Gay club membership restricted

September 15, 2005

The club exists, for now, but students must try harder to join.

In a social studies classroom at Newsome High School, 37 students gathered Wednesday to form the school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance.

The club is now official – over the protests of parents who were trying to stop it from forming.

But Newsome’s Gay-Straight Alliance will have to follow a rule that doesn’t apply to any other club on campus. All the students in it have to get their parents’ written permission to join.

Principal Rebecca Anderson created the rule after getting phone calls from parents concerned that students would use the club to talk about sexual issues, school spokesman Steve Hegarty said.

“She thought it would be wise to take this extra step to make sure the parents knew what was going on,” Hegarty said. “It seemed like a reasonable safeguard.”

Sandy Davis, who was among the parents concerned about the Gay-Straight Alliance, said she wasn’t satisfied with the compromise.

“I’d rather be the person to talk to my children about sexual issues,” said Davis, who has two sons at the school. “School is not the place.”

Davis said parents tried to meet with the principal as a group, but Anderson would not hold the meeting. She said Anderson told them she’d spoken with parents one on one and knew their concerns.

The compromise rule didn’t please groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union either.

Michael Pheneger, who chairs the Tampa chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said placing a special restriction on only one club might violate the federal Equal Access Act.

“It seems to me that the whole idea of equal access is equal requirements,” he said. “Singling out one club for parental permission seems to me an effort to discourage that club.”

ACLU lawyer Rebecca Steele said the law prohibits schools from restricting clubs on the basis of the speech at meetings.

“If they require parental consent for this club, they’ll have to for all clubs,” she said.

Parents opposed to the Gay-Straight Alliance wanted it to meet without official school sponsorship, outside of school hours and off school grounds – which, according to school rules, would mean it would not be a club at all.

Otherwise, Davis said, the club should become a “tolerance” club without a specific focus on sexual orientation.

“If you’re going to teach tolerance, teach tolerance about being nice to everybody,” she said.

Davis said that one of her sons has suffered discrimination throughout his life because he has a cleft palate.

“It’s ridiculous to sit around and complain about being picked on because of sexual preference when you have kids like (my son) who are picked on for no reason,” Davis said.

She said that Anderson’s decision to require parental permission was not enough.

“That doesn’t mean a thing to me,” she said. “You have parents that aren’t making such real great decisions … I do not think the club has a place in the school system at all.”

Vulnerable students would be drawn to the Gay-Straight Alliance, which she said the gay community was trying to place in the school.

I wonder if Davis and her ilk have any problems with these Newsome clubs?

Remember: Jesus hates fags, but thinks that football players in their tight little pants are really cool. Playing with guns is fine, but don’t ever touch your best friend’s little rifle, cause you’ll burn in hell or end up like this poor boy.

Dear AbstinenceOnly,

I never thought something like this would happen to me.

A bunch of us from our church group got bored one day and started masturbating each other through our clothes in the rectory. Guys were rubbing girls who were rubbing guys in a great big daisy-chain of abstinence I’ll remember for as long as I’ll live.

Anyway, I was nestled between the legs of this girl I’d been watching in Bible study, while somebody else was rubbing away at my crotch. There was another girl laying across my chest and I had this great view of her breasts. Suddenly I felt this surge of energy, like a great white light. The Holy Spirit had entered me and immediately exited into my pants.

But then the girl who’s breasts I’d been lusting after got up and I discovered that I’d just been masturbated through my jeans by my cousin Karl.

Does this mean I’m gay? Is it gay if you don’t know it’s a guy? To make matters worse, my dog has started humping my leg a lot, and I think I’m enjoying it. What does that mean?

4 Responses to Gay club membership restricted

  1. Peter on September 15, 2005 at 8:17 am

    You mean gay people are in the schools, too– Whodathunkit?!

  2. cookie on September 15, 2005 at 2:41 pm

    As I too am a strong believer in abstinence, um, what church do you go to? And can I join?

  3. Sandy on September 21, 2005 at 4:23 pm

    –“I’d rather be the person to talk to my children about sexual issues,” said Davis, who has two sons at the school. “School is not the place.”–

    Gee, mom, are you doing your job rightly or wrongly if your kid wants to join the club?
    Parents demand that their kids act like adults but when they try…SQUISH with the thumb of oppression.



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