Thursday, July 31, 2008
FL: GLSEN wins major school case in South Florida
A federal judge (K. Michael Moore) ruled July 29 that Okeechobee High School in Florida must allow a Gay Straight Alliance the same access it allows all other non-curricular clubs. Moore found that allowing access to such clubs does not interfere with abstinence-only “health” education programs.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbianm Straight Education Network) has a 2007 research brief: “Gay-Straight Alliances: Creating Safer Schools for LGBT Students and their Allies” here.
The link for GLSEN’s story on this matter is here.
Lake Okeechobee is in southern Florida. The town of Belle Glade is on it, and was controversial in the mid 1980s because of the incidence of AIDS there; I visited the town in August 1986. The lake appears in Zora Hurston’s novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (often read in high school English classes) which Oprah Winfrey made into a TV movie.
Another important GLSEN story from May 13 is that Maryland has become the seventh state to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its school anti-bullying program.