November 21, 2012
Last month, students at Celina High School in Ohio protested administrators’ decision to censor two students shirts when they chose to openly identify as lesbian. Over 20 students wore homemade “Straight But Supportive” shirts showing their support for the LGBT community, and they too were threatened with suspension if they didn’t remove the “political” shirts. Now, to continue the pushback, students are running a petition calling on Celina High School to allow the creation of a gay-straight alliance. It’s not clear that the school has objected to the creation, but given the administrators’ subjective interpretation of “political” when it comes to LGBT issue, the petition is part of an important student-led effort to improve the school climate for LGBT and questioning students.