gaywrites:

The teachers’ union in Minnesota’s controversial Anoka-Hennepin district, where bullying and suicide have been deemed a near-epidemic, has endorsed a new policy on class discussions about LGBT issues.

The old policy required teachers to “remain neutral” when LGBT issues came up; the new policy “says this and other political and social matters should be treated fairly and impartially, with respect for the dignity of every student.” According to this ThinkProgress article, that basically means conversations must be age-appropriate, objective and respectful, but that they are no longer effectively banned. 

Representatives of the union will suggest a few changes on the policy, like having its rules extend to administrators, but the group ultimately voted to endorse the policy. The school board will officially vote on it on Monday. Another reason why the timing of this is not surprising:

Also this week, district officials responded to a Rolling Stone article on Anoka-Hennepin titled “One Town’s War on Gay Teens,” which chronicled the experiences of one student who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit and one who killed himself. A statement from the district called the article “a grossly distorted portrayal of the Anoka-Hennepin School District, its schools and its communities,” the Star Tribune reports.

Anoka-Hennepin would be smart to address all this press, and fast. Changes are in order and this will be a definite start, though there’s clearly more work to be done. 

laughingsquid:

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Illustrations Inspired by Classic Works of Art
theniftyfifties:

Model wearing a tulle and gold embroidered trapeze dress by Dior, 1958. Photo by Henry Clarke.

theniftyfifties:

Model wearing a tulle and gold embroidered trapeze dress by Dior, 1958. Photo by Henry Clarke.

Justice never sleeps.

Except when it does.

dastardlycondiment:

supersassygayshockblanket:

dastardlycondiment:

bored

I’ll catch you yet, you nefarious bastard.

#You will be stopped.

Oh, spare me the theatrics

You haven’t ‘caught’ me other than the times I let you… catch me ;)

let’s be honest, dearie, if I handed you an AK rifle and drove you to my headquarters, you still wouldn’t stand a chance of getting to me

 You will be stopped and you will be brought to justice.

Now honestly, you should really stop fighting this. It’s not like you aren’t used to handcuffs anyway.

dastardlycondiment:

bored

I’ll catch you yet, you nefarious bastard.

knowhomo:

LBGTQ* Political Cartoons
Cupid and the month of Love

knowhomo:

LBGTQ* Political Cartoons

Cupid and the month of Love

laughingsquid:

Brief Jerky, DIY Edible Meat Underwear
laughingsquid:

Hypergraphia, Artworks on Used Coffee Cups at the Flatiron Building
knowhomo:

LBGTQ* News As It Happens
Appeals court rejects California’s Proposition 8

By the CNN Wire Staff
(updated 3:14 PM EST, Tue February 7, 2012)


San Francisco (CNN) — A federal appeals court ruled against California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.
In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the state’s Proposition 8 “works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians” by denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment. Supporters of same-sex marriages cheered the decision when it was announced outside the courthouse Tuesday morning.
“Happy Valentine’s Day, California,” one man in the crowd shouted when the decision was released.
(Photo from CS Monitor)

knowhomo:

LBGTQ* News As It Happens

Appeals court rejects California’s Proposition 8

By the CNN Wire Staff
(updated 3:14 PM EST, Tue February 7, 2012)

San Francisco (CNN) — A federal appeals court ruled against California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the state’s Proposition 8 “works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians” by denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment. Supporters of same-sex marriages cheered the decision when it was announced outside the courthouse Tuesday morning.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, California,” one man in the crowd shouted when the decision was released.

(Photo from CS Monitor)