Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hillary Clinton speaking at 2008 HRC National Dinner

"Sen. Hillary Clinton speaking at 2008 HRC National Dinner"   hrcmedia

Kids Pulled From Transgender Teacher's Class

Travis Unified School District Says It Must Respect Privacy

October 14, 2008
by KCRA 3

A teacher's gender reassignment surgery has caught the attention of some parents who want to know why the school district didn't notify them ahead of time about the change.

A music teacher at Foxboro Elementary School, who was formerly a woman, returned to school as a man at the beginning of the school year.

The teacher, who was not identified by KCRA 3, is now being addressed as "Mister."

Some parents told Travis Unified School District that they feel like their rights to know were violated. . . .Read More

City leaders to recommend approval of gay high school

Studies show increased dropout risk because of stigma, fear of violence
October 09, 2008
| Chicago Tribune reporter

Pointing to studies showing that gay high school students are at greater risk of dropping out because of stigma and fear of violence, Chicago Public Schools leaders said Wednesday that they will recommend opening a campus aimed at these students.

Final approval of the School for Social Justice Pride Campus, designed as the city's first school for gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers, along with 17 other schools, is expected to come Oct. 22 when the Board of Education votes.

Schools chief Arne Duncan said he will ask the board to approve the schools, which are expected to open in the fall of 2009 and 2010, to give greater choice to parents and students. "We want to create great new options for communities that have been traditionally underserved," he said. "If you look at national studies, you see gay and lesbian students with high dropout rates. . . . I think there is a niche there we need to fill." . . .Read More

Coming Out Gay Becoming Moot, Transgender Most Difficult

OCTOBER 15, 2008

Comedienne/chat-show host Ellen DeGeneres announced she was gay on the front cover of Time magazine in 1997 with the headline, “Yup, I'm Gay.” Many blamed the decision to come out for stalling her skyrocketing career. Singer Clay Aiken's recent admission of being gay on the cover of People magazine – “Yes, I'm Gay” – drew mainly hugs and a few shrugs.

Does Aiken's cakewalk coming out illustrate a new American irrelevance with being gay? According to a new Harris-Interactive survey, coming out gay is out.

In the national survey a majority (67%) of heterosexual adults agreed that they prefer honestly about sexual orientation over deceit and if someone they knew is gay or lesbian, they'd want to know. And a near universal majority (87%) of heterosexuals said that the coming out gay of an acquaintance would have a positive or no impact on how they view gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. . . .Read More