January 28, 2010

>One Place for Hate in Wyoming: No Place for Hate Banners Removed from Schools Because Cosponsored by LGBT Org

>A Wyoming school board last week upheld its superintendent's decision to remove No Place for Hate banners from the local high school and elementary school. What was so horrible that required their removal?

The banners, part of the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate campaign, were cosponsored by an LGBT organization, the Gay and Lesbian Fund of Colorado.

As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's editorial board put it, "what types of prejudice and bigotry are challenged apparently makes a big difference to the board."

As we celebrate No Name-Calling Week, it's sad to think about the kind of message this sends to the schools' students.

A petition has been started to ask the board to put the banners back. You can sign it here. You have to register for an account or use a Twitter account.

This will come as no surprise, but Wyoming is not one of the 12 states that has passed a law to protect students from bullying and harassment or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression..

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