photoDec 07, 2013 6:16 pm
Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Latin@ students said that she forbade the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
Hempstead ISD spokesperson Laurie Bettis said in a statement that Lacey had been placed on leave while the district investigated the charges.
“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter,” Bettis wrote. “At this time, the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter.”
“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”
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We’re very proud to present our first collaboration with the amazing people at the TSER (transstudent.tumblr.com).
A BIG thank you to Eli, Landyn, Alex and Ethan for this awesome work.
Knowledge is power. Learn more about your rights as a student - visit transstudent.org. You can also get more information from the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights: A Guide for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students” (http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/transstudent_kyr_20120508.pdf)
Check out the TSER on Facebook (facebook.com/transstudent) and Twitter (twitter.com/transstudent)
Great information. Thanks for putting this together!
If you’re trans*, gender nonconforming, questioning, or an ally, check out this resource.
If you’re having a hard time and need to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386.
photoJul 19, 2013 8:38 pm
In Homer’s great epic poem The Odyssey, penned in the 8th century BC, the male hero Odysseus barely escapes the devious sorcery and seduction of several archetypal female temptresses. Perhaps the most universally recognized of these temptresses are the irresistible Sirens, who beckon Odysseus and his crew with their hypnotic songs, songs famous for clouding men’s minds and causing them to blow off course to shipwreck on the women’s symbolic shores. Only stopping their ears with wax to remove the temptation succeeds in saving him and his men from the Sirens’ clutches. Yet Odysseus, titillated by the thought of them, wants so desperately to hear their bewitching song despite the danger, that he tasks his men with binding him to the mast in order to prevent him from succumbing to their lure and leaping overboard to his ruin.
Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on a gender discrimination case brought by a dental assistant who had been let go from her job because she was “too attractive.” According to the court documents, the dentist who employed her, Dr. James Knight, claimed that “her clothing was too tight and revealing and was distracting.” He testified that he “didn’t think it was good for him to see her wearing things that accentuated her body.”
Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]
photoJun 11, 2013 5:55 pm
Exxon Mobil is believed to be the largest Fortune 500 company to discriminate against LGBT employees. To see if this holds true in the hiring process, the LGBT group Freedom to Work created fake resumes for two candidates applying for an open position. One applicant appears more qualified for the job and has experience in LGBT activism, while the other seems somewhat less qualified but does not show any sign of being LGBT.
Here’s a look at what happened. Does Exxon discriminate against LGBT applicants? You tell me. (via the Huffington Post)
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Tumblr, we need you! A rogue Arizona State representative, John Kavanagh, wants to pass a bill that would thow trans people in jail for using public restrooms. Anyone could be asked for I.D. to “prove” their gender, and if there’s a discrepancy they could face a fine or jailtime.
When asked why the bill targeted trans people, Kavanagh explained that it’s because he thinks “they’re weird.” Outrageous.
We can stop this bill by taking action at www.allout.org/arizona and spreading the word far and wide. Will you help?
That quote sounds like something out of an onion article oh my god I can’t believe people are this awful
You should help and spread the word too