Openly gay students in Tennessee figh...

Openly gay students in Tennessee fight for their rights

There are 11 comments on the DNJ.com story from Apr 29, 2010, titled Openly gay students in Tennessee fight for their rights. In it, DNJ.com reports that:

Cole Goforth's 'I love Lady GayGay' T-shirt was supposed to be a funny play on the name of one of his favorite musicians.

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Cockroach_Sleepe r

Omaha, NE

#1 Apr 29, 2010
the united states of ameriKKKa hates you. sorry kid. many of us, here on topix, are your friends. stay strong. stay the fight!

gay brothers and sisters, buy a gun. protect your family and yourself.

cockroach = christian = terrorist
terrorist = christian = cockroach

“Indeed, I am!”

Since: Feb 09

As if it mattered . . .

#2 Apr 29, 2010
Typical homophobic bureaucratic response - shove the gay kid back to the margins:
But school administrators didn't see the humor. They said that T-shirt and any others with "pro-gay" messages were inherently disruptive, pointing out that Goforth, 15, already was being bullied because of his sexual orientation.
So much easier than actually doing something about the bullying, don'tcha think?? It's a shame that these supposed educated school officials had to hear from the ACLU before they did the right thing.

“Unconvinced”

Since: Nov 09

Seattle, WA

#3 Apr 29, 2010
I'll be the first to say that this kid's photo isn't gonna win any universal tolerance awards. But then again, the world is changing. Old fogies like me need to see through younger eyes. Gender roles are certainly changing, and that's GOTTA be a good thing. It's certainly heartening that younger and younger people are taking up this fight, and it doesn't hurt that this comes from Tennessee. Mississippi could buy a vowel. Other than "I", of course.

I'm sure he's right when he says "There are students in the hallway here with all kinds of T-shirts that some people might find offensive, some shirts feature Confederate flags or Bible quotations". I personally find BOTH of those offensive.

The real problem is here: "Goforth, 15, already was being bullied because of his sexual orientation. One student ó a girl ó gave him a black eye." And NO, I'm NOT upset because a girl hit a boy. Some girls are pretty tough, and some of THEM even turn out heterosexual. But who and where are the PARENTS of this girl? What are they TEACHING her? PUNCH people who are different from you? THIS is the source of homophobia. You don't like Lady Gaga or kids with Flock Of Seagulls haircuts? Here's a suggestion. LIVE AND LET LIVE. But, perhaps little baby Jesus doesn't teach that.

“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

#4 Apr 30, 2010
The school's tolerance for bullying is disturbing. Was the girl expelled?

This is why I favor school uniform codes. I don't see any reason for any kids to be wearing slogans, images, etc, in school, regardless of their content. Plain shirts are better for all concerned, and the students can wear anything they want outside of school.
Rev Ray T

Topeka, KS

#5 Apr 30, 2010
EdmondWA wrote:
LIVE AND LET LIVE. But, perhaps little baby Jesus doesn't teach that.
I do believe baby Jesus taught love and tolerance. Itís just that the rednecks in the south were playing hooky that day. They were all in bed having fun and games with their cousins and/or other assorted relatives.

Since: Dec 07

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#6 Apr 30, 2010
There are so many of these gays-in-school stories lately. They all have one thing in common, blame the victim.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

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#7 Apr 30, 2010
SFer wrote:
There are so many of these gays-in-school stories lately. They all have one thing in common, blame the victim.
They have another thing in common. They are ripe for a lawsuit by the ACLU. That is how we should be fighting them all over the country. Hit them in the wallet until the voters start screaming about spending all that tax money on court cases which the schools cannot win.
Bobby19

Saratoga Springs, NY

#8 Apr 30, 2010
He's cute.

He looks like an emo boy.

:)

Since: Mar 09

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#9 Apr 30, 2010
Kid's got heart. Now comes time to learn political savvy.

Let's create a National Scholarship Endowment for LGBT students.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

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#10 Apr 30, 2010
snyper wrote:
Kid's got heart. Now comes time to learn political savvy.
Let's create a National Scholarship Endowment for LGBT students.
Excellent. If it is adminstered correctly, I would donate to it. Of course it would have to be tax-exempt. I would really enjoy donating, and get a tax deduction at the same time. Since I do not donate to any religious organizations and prefer my donations go to GLBT causes, this would be a very good idea.
John E

Troy, MI

#11 Apr 30, 2010
So he was bullied already and still chose to wear the shirt? Good for him! He's got more b*lls than most of his school administrators.

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