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The article entitled It s OK to be Gay in the Lenoir City High School yearbook, profiled student Zac Mitchell and his experiences of coming out in public and being bullied by others.
Knoxville News reports that the article also mentions cross-dressing and being hit on by straight guys .
But school board member Van Shaver has condemned the article on his blog, calling for the dismissal of James Yoakley, the journalism teacher that published the article.
Writing on his blog Mr Shaver said: In this twisted world we live in, some may believe It's OK to be gay but it's darn sure not OK for teachers to be promoting homosexuality in our schools.
If in fact it was Mr.
Yoakley or any other teacher who allowed this article to be published in the year book, they should be dismissed from the school immediately.
If it is found or known that Mr.
Yoakley or any other teacher at any time has had any conversations or discussions with this student or any other student about their sexual orientation, sexual activities or anything about their private lives prior to those students being of legal age, those teachers should be charged with child sex abuse by an authority figure and arrested. The 17-year old student who wrote the article has remained anonymous, after expressing fear about having her name attached to the article.
She said: "There have been threats made starting with, 'If I found out who wrote the story.' " Continue reading
The pro-gay ad has the headline Freedom of Expression and captions the picture with Wendi, daughters Raven and Clover, and partner Maggie .
JC Penny said: We want to be a store for all Americans.
In celebration of Mother s Day, we re proud that our May book honours women from diverse backgrounds who all share the heart-warming experience of motherhood. However the ad has come under fire from anti-gay group One Million Mums who have released a statement on their website condemning the image and urging people to call local store managers to voice their concerns.
The statement says: On pages ten and eleven, under the title "Freedom of Expression," you'll find "Wendi and her partner Maggie and daughters" and again "Wendi, daughters Raven and Clover, and partner Maggie" in text.
In the picture both women are wearing wedding bands.
It is obvious that JCP would rather take sides than remain neutral.
JCP will hear from the other side so they need to hear from us as well. This is the second time One Million Mums has clashed with JC Penny, after they condemned the appointment of Ellen DeGeneres as the store s spokesperson.
Photo from JC Penny.
All three members of the band are straight and believe being heterosexual will make their voices stronger in the ongoing debate.
Guitarist Jack Antonoff told the Washington Post: "Being part of a band of three straight men, we felt there was an inherent power in the fact that we aren't gay, and yet we still care and we have a voice - there's a responsibility there.
"There are moments in history where it's vital (to have a voice) and anyone that is not standing up for the LGBT community is a huge part of what's holding them back.
"We're firm believers in the idea that if you re not talking about it, you re part of the problem.
"We realize we have an audience, and it would be a real shame to waste it." The band are currently in the UK top 10 with their song We Are Young.
Image from YouTube.
The act allows gay and bisexual men to have malicious convictions of loitering with intent under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 removed from their records.
Stonewall campaigned for amendments to the Protection of Freedoms Act, and received support from across Parliament after giving evidence to the Public Bill Committee back in March 2011.
Stonewall also lobbied the Home Secretary to increase the act to allow the removal of further malicious convictions.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: Victorian morality has absolutely no place in 21st century Britain.
We know of many gay men with homophobic convictions on their records who have been dissuaded from looking for work or volunteering their time to good causes.
They will be delighted by this important new law, which will help many men look forward to a brighter future.
We hope the new measures will now be implemented as quickly as possible. Continue reading
The image features a 1940s male couple walking down a street holding hands as passers-by look on disapprovingly with a tagline that reads Never Hide .
The company said in a press release: Real trendsetters, real opinion leaders, real individuals believe the most fashionable thing you can be is yourself; to be authentic, real, bold and stylish.
So to reclaim its rightful place as a legitimate leader in sunglasses, Ray-Ban has to only speak and act like their maverick selves.
Never be afraid.
Never give up.
Never Hide. The campaign was developed by French ad agency Marcel and was inspired by real people and stories.
Image by Ray-Ban.
Almost 400 secondary schools across England and Wales were contacted by the Catholic Education Service in a correspondence which claimed that that Catholics have a "duty to to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations".
As part of the move, the CES also asked students to consider signing the Coalition for Marriage petition, which wants to maintain marriage as opposite-sex.
Almost 500,000 have already pledged their support to the petition.
Speaking to The Guardian in justification of the request, a CES spokeswoman said: "We said that schools might like to consider using this letter in assemblies or in class teaching.
We said people might want to consider asking pupils and parents if they might want to sign the petition.
It's really important that no school discriminates against any member of the school community.
"Schools with a religious character are allowed to teach sex and relationships and conduct assemblies in accordance with the religious views of the school.
The Catholic view of marriage is not a political view; it's a religious view." But the actions of the CES have angered atheists and equality activists.
Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, also told The Guardian: "This is a clear breach of the authority and privilege that the Catholic Education Service has been given in schools.
"Surely it is no part of its remit to promote a specific political campaign from this purely sectarian viewpoint.
It is disgraceful that children are being encouraged into bigotry when they are attending a state school paid for by taxpayers." Continue reading
Speaking at a conference organised by religious equality group, Cutting Edge Consortium, the bishop compared opposing gay marriage to slavery, The Telegraph reports.
Holtam said: Before Wilberforce, Christians in this country saw slavery as having Biblical support for what was the God-given in the ordering of creation.
In South Africa, Apartheid was seen in the same way by the Dutch Reformed Church.
Within the churches, Christians conscientiously disagree about the interpretation and significance of the six Biblical passages referring to homosexuality. Holtam said a very big gap had opened up between the church and society because of the marriage debate.
Most people now see the Church s avoidance of equality legislation as immoral and it undermines us. The comments come as a group of leading Anglicans wrote an open letter in The Times on Saturday supporting gay marriage.