Tuesday, May 05, 2009

ACLU-AZ workshop on rights of "LGBT" students

I just received word of this, which should be of interest to my readers in the East Valley. Note that Quintanilla's activity is every bit as First Amendment protected as a black armband or a crucifix; what's at stake here are not just gay rights, but minority rights in general.

Justice for All: Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students

The ACLU of Arizona is joining with GLSEN, HRC, and Equality Arizona for a moderated discussion to give students, parents and community members a chance to learn about the rights students have at school, and the many ways to combat bullying, harassment, and discrimination on campus and in our communities. One of the panelists will be Chris Quintanilla, a 14-year-old gay student from Peoria who stood up for his rights after a school principal demanded he not wear his rainbow wristband at school.

Thursday, May 7th, 6pm
Westside Community Center
715 W. 5th Street, Tempe

For more information, contact Community Organizer Mary Lunetta at mlunetta@acluaz.org or call 602.650.1854 x107

I will not make the drive up from Tucson, but I invite any readers who attend to report back either by e-mail or as guest 'bloggers.

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