From the terrific Toles at Wapo. (click image for larger)
An excellent overview of school cases regarding LGBT rights in public schools at ENews Lake Forest:
In a case out of Massachusetts, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by parents who wanted school officials to notify them whenever same-sex families were mentioned in their children’s elementary classrooms.
According to the court, exposure to gay marriage (e.g., reading to second graders a story about two princes who fall in love) does not constitute “indoctrination” or a discussion of human sexuality as the parents claimed, but rather an age-appropriate acknowledgement of the existence of same-sex families in a state where gay marriage is legal.
On the same day, a lower court in Maryland rejected a challenge by conservative groups to a new sex-education curriculum in Montgomery County that includes lessons teaching “respect for differences in human sexuality.”
Meanwhile in the Florida Panhandle, the culture-war shoe is on the other foot: The ACLU filed suit — again on Jan. 31 — against a high school that allegedly bans all student expression of support for gay rights, extending even to such things as rainbow stickers.
But what if your five-year-old loves rainbow stickers? The article argues that the real goal for educators is schools that are both safe and free:
“A safe school is free of bullying and harassment...And a free school is safe for student speech even about issues that divide us.”
On topic, too bad John McCain doesn't know what "LGBT" means.