High school kids spark anger with ‘Straight Pride’ plans
High school kids in Indiana are attempting to celebrate ‘Straight Pride’.
The controversy unfurled at Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana when signs were put up advertising ‘Straight Pride’.
The posters say: “Celebrate being straight at JHS by not annoying the heck out of everyone about your sexual orientation! We are taking back the rainbow.”
“It is easy! Just come to the JHS, then you go about your day without telling everyone about how different and special you are!
“Brought to you by all the students that are sick of hearing about your LGBT pride. Nobody cares about what you think you are.
“If you want equality, stop shoving your ideas down our throats! We have nothing against your sexual orientation. We just don’t care!”
A 16-year-old student admitted putting up the posters, telling the Dubois County Herald he wanted the school to “recognize the straight community with equal enthusiasm as the LGBT community”.
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He admitted the poster were intended to “send a message” to the LGBT community, claiming that “equality is not effectively found in granting special privileges to minorities by differentiating them from our great society.”
The student added: “The social liberal ideology stands for equality and incorporation into society and yet establishes safe spaces for isolation.”
The school has since pulled down the posters.
The principal declined to comment, but Superintendent Tracy Lorey told the Washington Times: “It is our intent to provide students opportunities to express themselves in a way that helps them to be understanding of the unique qualities of all individuals.
“The world is full of unique individuals (regardless of) race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. That’s the world, and it’s our job to prepare students to function within that world and to have respect for others.”
The school’s gay-straight alliance also decided to carry on promoting equality and acceptance regardless.
Over the weekend, about 40 students gathered to decorate the school’s main entrance with rainbow chalk artwork and LGBT affirming messages.