School Board Considers Gay Protest

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 6, 2006

The nationwide Day of Silence protest will be held April 26th. Board Member Jerry Houseman – who supports the resolution – says it’s a good way for high school students to protest anti-gay bias. 

"Sexual harassment, gender harassment is continuing in our schools."

Houseman says the protest would not disrupt classes. 

"Youngsters would carry a card saying ‘I’m observing a day of silence in honor of people who’ve been silenced because of their sexual or gender orientations.’"

But Critics of the protest, like Mike Johnson with the conservative group Alliance Defense Fund, say gay issues don’t belong in public schools. 

"And that’s just not what taxpayers are funding the schools to do. They should be in the business of educating and not indoctrinating students." 

Johnson’s group is organizing a counter-event on April 27th called Day of Truth for students who believe homosexuality is wrong. Thursday’s board meeting is set for 6:30 PM at the Serna Center.