Reuben Lack made national headlines last week when news broke that he was suing his school, Alpharetta High School, over his forced removal as the school's student body president. Lack alleged the change came after he introduced a resolution designed to make the school's prom more gay-inclusive.
Samantha Evans, executive director of communications for Fulton County Public Schools, disputed Lack’s claims in an interview today.
“The bottom line is that this allegation that the student is making is not true. This is not a district that would support any type of prejudice or bias,” Evans said today by phone.
You can’t go to the prom without a great dress, and For the Kid in All of Us wants to make sure money doesn’t keep local teens from experiencing this high school tradition.
The annual rite of passage that is prom doesn’t come cheap. The dress, the tuxedo, tickets, flowers, plus dinner at a nice restaurant — it all adds up. The new Project Prom fundraiser aims to help teens make their prom dreams happen, says Christopher Bess, president of For the Kid in All of Us.
“We’ve always sort of focused on big events for kids,” Bess said. “When we thought about adding events we didn’t want to add an event just to add another. We wanted to focus on a meaningful event that could help out older children.”
A Georgia drama teacher who was fired last year for showing a scene from the gay-themed film “The Reckoning” to his class is planning a protest in support of a Texas high school student who has tried unsuccessfully to establish a gay/straight alliance at her school.
Nikki Peet of Corpus Christi first approached Flour Bluff school officials in November with the idea of establishing a GSA, only to be told by officials, including school principal James Crenshaw, that such a club would not be approved, according to Corpus Christi NBC affiliate KRIS.
The school has since canceled all extra-curricular activities rather than allow the GSA to form. Calls to the school's principal and public information coordinator went unreturned.
When Kye Allums became the first transgender man to play women’s NCAA Division I basketball this November, the selection spotlighted the controversy surrounding transgender athletes. George Washington University’s official statement about Kye led to multiple news stories and raised questions about existing policies for transgender student-athletes. Currently, most high school and collegiate athletic programs are unprepared regarding appropriate pronouns, locker room etiquette and hormone treatments; the Transgender Law and Policy Institute found that only approximately 300 of 4,000 universities include gender status in their anti-bullying rules. Although NCAA policies prohibit keeping statistics about the amount of transgender student-athletes, the issue is not uncommon.
“[This] is not a new issue, but it’s an issue that’s becoming more and more comfortable to bring up. Even just coming out as trans is easier than it was 10 years ago,” says Merric, who began her career at Smith College as a woman but after coming out as a man spring semester of freshmen year, changed his name from Meredith.
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