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justin899 Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 08:52 PM
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Utah School District Upset They Can't Find Anti-Gay Psychology Text Books
Gay-free texts a dilemma for school district
Nebo: Homosexuality is a taboo topic; virtually all psychology texts now cover it to some degree.

The topic of homosexuality is taboo in the Nebo School District. So the school district in southern Utah County is having trouble finding a replacement for outmoded psychology textbooks at its three high schools.

Priscilla Leek, a Springville High School psychology teacher who sits on a district committee that reviews teaching materials, says the world has changed in the seven years since the district last chose a psychology textbook. "Most publishers have now included small amounts - a paragraph or couple of pages - in texts about homosexuality," Leek said. "I don't teach homosexuality. But if it appears in a textbook, there's nothing I can do to keep students from reading it."

Despite their difficulty in finding new basic-level psychology schoolbooks, Nebo school board members told Leek and others this week to keep on looking.

State law bans teachers or texts from advocating homosexuality, but Nebo District's policy is more restrictive.

"Our policy is that it will not be taught unless it is teaching the negative consequences thereof," said Nedra Call, Nebo's director of curriculum.

http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2576515

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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 08:56 PM
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1. My apologies to any DUers from Utah....
but your state is scary!

:scared:
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 09:07 PM
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2. If I had the money I would mail a copy of the movie LATTER DAYS
to every household in Utah. It is the story of a Mormon missionary who is excommunicated and tortured because he was caught kissing another boy. I know it's a hot "under the counter" video for Mormon high school kids in Utah & Idaho.
Note to DUers: If you haven't seen it you should. Should be on the shelf at most video stores (but good luck finding it in the red states).
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Q3JR4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 01:25 PM
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8. Found it in Boise Idaho. n/t.
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idiosyncratic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 09:19 PM
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4. It is. Other than to see the beautiful, incomparable scenery, Utah
should be avoided. I lived only 40 miles from the polygamist town of Colorado City. To drive through that community and see the way the women and children are forced to live is heart-wrenching.
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 09:15 PM
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3. Sometimes I am thankful for UTAH. They do things that keeps KS out of the
news at least for awhile. If you live in UT, don't fear. I am sure we will have something stupid coming up for everyone soon.
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justgamma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 10:59 PM
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5. How do you "teach" homosexuality? n/t
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Dark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-05 11:45 PM
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6. This has to be a joke.
It just has to be. Seriously.

Please tell me that there are not people this close-minded in power.

It has to be a joke.
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swimmernsecretsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 01:50 PM
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9. I keep saying that over and over...
like Leonardo DeCaprio in "The Aviator" but it doesn't make it true. I may find it appalling that this sort of thing still occurs, that despite evidence to the contrary, people are willing to avoid anything that isn't aligned to their closed-minded view, but it's actually good to be reminded of what we are up against.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:18 PM
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12. I will never forget the case in which, when "Mom" went to jail ...
(I was a social worker) ... I had to find "Dad" for the "kids." Fortunately, I found him, he had no record, checked out with social services up there, and had a job (and he wanted his kids).

I flew up with the kids and delivered them to him. The only way he could make it was to accept help from LDS. So, suddenly, he converted to LDS. Interesting case. First time I went to Utah, and the last. Beautiful country in places.

Guess this shoots down my vision of those kids on my caseload getting a decent public school education (sociologically-speaking, anyway).

Dark, you should talk to my sister-in-law in Oklahoma. It's just as bad in the northern part up there.

Scary, huh?
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 11:21 PM
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13. No offense to BeeBee down below.
I thought that Utah, the place, was beautiful, and the social workers were very nice and grounded. I met very enlightened people while visiting the Social Services Dept. up there. One can find enlightened people anywhere - in the middle of a whole lot of idiots nowadays.
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BeeBee Donating Member (480 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 12:35 PM
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7. This is difficult for me
because I was born and raised in Utah. They're making it so I don't even want to go home to visit my family. If it weren't for my brother and sister and nieces and nephews I would avoid the state like the plague. Luckily my parents moved...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 07:59 PM
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10. ah yes -- there's the hate, stupidity, and bigotry
i loathe and despise.
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-05 08:05 PM
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11. So is this the reason for the Book of Mormon? Bible had too many
references to homosexuality (all 3?)
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StrongbadTehAwesome Donating Member (623 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 01:06 AM
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14. when I first saw this thread, I thought you meant
they were upset because they couldn't find any psych books that considered homosexuality a disorder. My next thought was "DAMN, they haven't updated their textbooks since 1973?!?"

Thankfully, this isn't quite so bad...but Utah actually has a law banning teachers from "advocating homosexuality"? What exactly does that mean anyway? Homophobic tripe like that shouldn't be LAW anywhere, not even Utah.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 08:00 AM
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15. 
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 08:03 AM by IanDB1
Utahs Gay Mayor

Even Utahs largest and most progressive metropolis would be hard-pressed to elect an openly gay mayor. Why is it, then, that a small town of 400 could do it?

By Brandon Burt

<snip>

The town is Big Water, eight miles north of the Arizona border. Its one of those blink-and-you-miss-it, speed-trap municipalities in southern Utah. Most Highway 89 travelers drive right past it on road trips to destinations such as Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon and Phoenix.

Yet Big Water is home to some 400 people who, for one reason or another, would find life in the regions larger towns Kanab, Utah and Page, Ariz. to be intolerable.

Q: How do you like living in Big Water?
Harrington: I love it.
Q: How long have you lived here?
Harrington: About 12 years.
Q: Whats the best thing about living out here?
Harrington: Low crime. Its small everybody knows everybody. We have a community dinner once a week. But less crime, I think, is the best thing.

Unlike the denizens of Big Water, gay people born into small towns tend to flock to larger cities so-called magnet communities with populations large enough to support viable dating and cultural scenes. Rural areas have a reputation for harboring homophobes and busybodies in order for a gay man to survive in Big Water, surely he must lead a closeted existence, keeping a low profile lest ostracism or worse befall him.

Meet Willy Marshall, the openly gay mayor of Big Water.

More:
http://slmetro.com/2004/2/feature.shtml


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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-05 08:03 AM
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16. McCoy is more than just the gay senator (from Utah)
Edited on Fri Mar-04-05 08:06 AM by IanDB1
The Daily Utah Chronicle - Opinion
Issue: 2/25/05

McCoy is more than just the gay senator
By Anne Looser

As of Feb. 7, both my statesenator and my state representative are openly queer, and I am damn proud of it.

Fortunately for me, my new state senator, Scott McCoy, DSalt Lake City, is more than just queer. He is a highly educated, experienced and well-rounded office holder.

When the delegates in Senate 2nd District elected Senator McCoy, the headlines all referred to his record as a "gay activist."

The articles neglected to paint a complete picture of the
senator and instead focused on his recent political work as the campaign manager for the Don't Amend Alliance, which campaigned to defeat Amendment 3. These stories nearly disregarded several of the
senator's greatest contributions to the community.

More:
http://www.dailyutahchronicle.com/news/2005/02/25/Opini...


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