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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-05 07:07 PM
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Students Tell Of Tension On Gay Tolerance Day
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So,I have an idea.

How about we organize non fundamentalist kids to come into school with t-shirts saying "Fundamentalists Are Mentally Ill" and "Crimes Against Reason" and "Talibornagains Suck" and see if the religious rightwingers like to have their kids subjected to it. Turnabout is fair play, no? Why lie back and take this shit from these monsters?
Give them a taste of their own medicine.

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsindex/20-ds3.htm


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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

By Kati Phillips
Staff writer


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A student-led effort to oppose homophobia at Homewood-Flossmoor High School may have backfired Tuesday when hundreds of students donned shirts with Christian and anti-gay slogans.
Student activists who wore shirts emblazoned with the words "gay? fine by me" said they were outnumbered by peers wearing hateful messages and were targeted for harassment.

The T-shirt drive was intended to create a safe place for gay students and to put a human face on gays, lesbians and their allies.

But student journalists covering the event described the atmosphere as "tense."

"It was crazy. There were all these students with gay shirts and God shirts," said student newspaper reporter Joe Maloney. "In my first-period class, debate class, there were way more God shirts."

Chelsea Lavin, a broadcast student, was more pragmatic."People that you normally would say 'Hi' to in the halls were wearing shirts opposite of you, so you looked in the opposite direction," she said.

Alissa Norby, one of the T-shirt day's organizers, said she didn't know whether to define the project as a success or failure.

"If I was still in the closet and came to school (Tuesday) and saw hundreds of kids wearing anti-gay shirts, I'd probably go home crying and begging my parents to let me transfer," she said

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