Missouri high school removes gay students’ senior yearbook quotes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Two out Missouri high school students say their school removed their senior yearbook quotes because they referenced being gay.

Kearney High students Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz told KCTV5 when they checked to see their yearbook quotes under their senior portraits, they were nowhere to be found.

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Hillsborough County math teacher alledgedly bans cross necklaces from classroom

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The Liberty Counsel filed a complaint against a Riverview High School math teacher April 19.

The letter to Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough schools superintendent, stated that Lora Jane Riedas “has prohibited at least three children from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom, claiming on occasion that they are ‘gang symbols.'”

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High school transgender wrestler wins Texas regional title

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ALLEN, Texas (AP) – A 17-year-old Dallas-area high school transgender wrestler who is transitioning from female to male has won a girls regional championship after a female opponent forfeited the match.

Mack Beggs, a Euless Trinity High School junior who is undefeated this wrestling season, hugged losing opponent Madeline Rocha, from Coppell, on the victory stand Saturday after their match for the 110-pound Class 6A Region 2 championship never took place when Rocha declined to wrestle.

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Creative Cravings: Designing and Drawing the Urban Landscape

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Searching for an extra helping of art in your life? This monthly teen program focuses on careers in the humanities, current exhibitions at the OMA and supporting creative curiosity. Each month will include a studio activity that relates to our topic of interest. Come prepared for an afternoon of casual conversation and artistic experimentation. Our season will conclude with a teen-curated exhibition of artwork created within the program.

For high school students.

Our conversation will focus on sustainable design in response to urban sprawl—those may seem like intimidating concepts, but all that’s required is an interest in city design. Urban development is a growing career field that blends environmental studies and design principles. We’ll move our conversation outdoors to enjoy the Florida fall weather and draw in Loch Haven Park.

Creative Cravings: Plaster Party: Portraits and Casting Techniques

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Searching for an extra helping of art in your life? This monthly teen program focuses on careers in the humanities, current exhibitions at the OMA and supporting creative curiosity. Each month will include a studio activity that relates to our topic of interest. Come prepared for an afternoon of casual conversation and artistic experimentation. Our season will conclude with a teen-curated exhibition of artwork created within the program.

For high school students.

Following a gallery tour of portraits and sculptures, we will use plaster bandages to cast our own body parts. We’ll look to artists like George Segal and Rigoberto Torres for interpretation and inspiration. This one is sure to be a mess, so dress accordingly.

Creative Cravings: Hand-lettering and Zines: a Punk Intro to Graphic Design

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Searching for an extra helping of art in your life? This monthly teen program focuses on careers in the humanities, current exhibitions at the OMA and supporting creative curiosity. Each month will include a studio activity that relates to our topic of interest. Come prepared for an afternoon of casual conversation and artistic experimentation. Our season will conclude with a teen-curated exhibition of artwork created within the program.

For high school students.

This month we will discuss the history of graphic design and the current expectations of those in the field. The Museum’s graphic designer will lead our discussion of this popular, ever-changing career. We will spend our time in the studio creating the content for a collective zine and exploring the fine art of hand-lettering.

Teen at center of Virginia transgender bathroom fight speaks out

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – College applications and high school graduation are the biggest worries for most 17-year-olds. For Gavin Grimm, it’s waiting for the nation’s highest court to decide whether he can use the boys restroom.

Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, heads back to Gloucester High School for his senior year this week as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to intervene in his case that challenges the county school’s policy barring him from using the bathroom of his choice.

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CDC: Gay high school students raped, attacked far more often

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students are far more likely than their classmates to be raped or assaulted in a dating situation, according to the first national survey of its kind.

The research also found gay teens were far more likely to have attempted suicide, taken illegal drugs and engaged in other risky behaviors.

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Kansas school district implements bathroom equality, parents react

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Derby, Kan. (AP) – A south-central Kansas school district has agreed to let students use bathrooms matching their gender identity while a local task force explores the issue that has divided the school system’s patrons.

The governing board of the Derby school system near Wichita made that decision on July 25, the Wichita Eagle reported.

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I’ll Bet You Think This Essay’s About You

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Growing up, my parents had an extensive record collection. Yes, albums: the big kind with long-feather-haired thin artist’s portraits fronting cardboard covers and cursive writing heralding singers’ names. Stacked up in a corner next to the giant speakers that pretended status in the mid-eighties, seventies music stars stared at us as we ate microwaved TV dinners from the breakfast bar of our 1960s-built split-plan ranch.  As far back as I remember, we never listened to a single one of those albums. Nonetheless, they litter my memories of childhood. One album stands out more than any other, mostly because the over-skinny, long-haired, jowly face of Carly Simon staring back at me from beneath those jumbo-sized speakers looked a lot like my mother.

It wasn’t until I was much older that I actually put together a faceless oldie that I heard on the radio with that face.Like that stack of albums, there are nearly as many people on my Facebook feed that I don’t know as those I do.

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U.S. schools advocate for rights of transgender students

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – From locker rooms and sex education classes to dress codes and overnight field trips, many U.S. public schools are already balancing the civil rights of transgender students with any concerns that classmates, parents and community members might have.

The Education Department is drawing on those practices to guide other schools as they work to comply with the Obama administration’s directive that transitioning children be treated consistent with their gender identity.

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Round-up: Transgender bathroom battles nationwide

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(AP) — There was a showdown in Houston last fall. This spring, North Carolina became the battleground. By now, confrontations have flared across the country over whether to protect or curtail the right of transgender people to use public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity.

The upshot, in virtually every case, has been emotional debate over privacy, personal safety and prejudice.

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