Breaking Today: ACLU files suit against the Lake City School Board

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a suit against the Lake County School Board over their efforts to block the formation of a Gay Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School. To view the full press release, please go here. To view the complaint which was filed at the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida, go here. Needless to say, I am thrilled at this development and am hopeful that justice will prevail for Bayli Silberstein and  LGBT youth everywhere.

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An Open Letter to Tod Howard & Bill Mathias

Mr. Howard & Mr. Mathias, Today I read an article in the Seattle Times about your efforts to block students at Carver Middle School from forming a Gay-Straight Alliance. According to the article, you urged lawmakers in your state to tweak the definition of "secondary schools" from grades 6-12 to 9-12, so that Florida middle schools would not fall under federal protection granted by the Equal Access Act. As such, the Lake County School Board is free to bypass federal law and to continue its…

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God, Christmas & What We Choose to Believe

Be grateful for all circumstances Because it is God’s will.  This message appeared on the reader board of a Lutheran church in my neighborhood. I have driven past it several times over the past few weeks and every time I see it, it provokes me just a little. The question of God’s will, especially relative to faith, is a curious one to me. Given the climate of the world today, this seems like something worth poking at a little. And of course, any discussion of…

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Grateful for Gay Kids

  I am grateful for gay kids. Their mere presence in the world makes it a better place. Gay kids are unique and effervescent spirits. Most have a wisdom beyond their years. Many are madly creative and unafraid to push the edge. Gay kids are old souls in young bodies. They infuse space and time with a special kind of magic. Coming of age is hard enough, but coming of age as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or trangender child is all the harder. In the…

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