Eighth-grader Bayli Silberstein left Monday night's Lake County School Board meeting blinking back tears after board members voted 4-1 to table a final vote that could have allowed a proposed gay-straight club to form before the end of the school year.
Lucien Tessier, 20, and Pascal Tessier, 16, of Kensington, Maryland, are openly gay brothers petitioning the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end their anti-gay ban – so that Pascal may receive his Eagle Award like his brother did.
Hundreds of calls, some of them threatening, have been received at a Roman Catholic high school in Columbus where a gay teacher was recently fired, according to a police report filed this week. Physical-education teacher Carla Hale, who worked at the school for 19 years, was fired in March after an obituary for her mother listed the name of her female partner. The dismissal caught wide attention on social media this week, and more than 20,000 people have signed a change.org petition that students and others started on Monday to seek Hale’s reinstatement.
The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, has passed the Assembly’s Committee on Education by a vote of 5-2. Now it is headed towards the Assembly Floor.