Students Needed Permission To Hear About Harvey Milk
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego may sue a local school district for requiring students to obtain parental permission to hear a sixth-grader’s report on slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. District officials stated the mandated permission from parents was necessary, because the student’s report on Milk fell under the life and sex education policy of the school board. ACLU Legal Director David Blair-Loy wants the school district to allow the student to present her report, as well as receive an apology from the school district.
Pentagon Has No Plans To End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters it has no plans to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy banning openly gay and lesbian service members. He stated that military leaders only have had initial discussions about the future of the policy. President Barack Obama committed to repealing the policy during the 2008 presidential campaign, but has yet to say how and when it will happen.
Catholic School Bars Transgender Child
Parents of a child in Omaha, Nebraska, are letting their 8-year-old transgender daughter live openly as a girl. But the Omaha Archdiocese has told the parents she no longer would be welcome if she presented herself as a girl at the Catholic school she had attended. The parents will send their child to a public school in the fall, presenting as a girl. The mother told reporters, “It was not a decision that was made rashly at all. It was a decision to protect her psyche and her self-esteem.”