New York student sues for the right to form a high school Gay-Straight Alliance
A New York student has filed a federal lawsuit for the right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at his Buffalo high school.
18 year-old Byshop Elliott alleges that McKinley Principal Crystal Boling-Barton has warned students that they aren’t allowed to bring same-sex dates to the prom, reserves couples tickets for opposite gender pairs and separates same-sex partners when dancing together.
— NYCLU (@NYCLU) May 11, 2017
New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman in a statement:
“Schools should encourage kids who try to make the learning environment more inclusive for other students.
“But LGBTQ students at McKinley have met only discouragement, inaction and homophobia from the school and district charged with supporting them. This goes against everything New York stands for.”
— Rochelle Alleyne (@RochelleAlleyne) May 12, 2017
Elliott’s lawyer, Robert Hodgson added:
“In an ideal world, you would not have to bring a lawsuit. You would not have to stand up to the people whose job it is to protect you. Byshop shouldn’t have to do that.
“It speaks to his courage and how deeply he wants to improve his school for himself, all of his classmates and all of the students who would benefit from a Gay-Straight Alliance there.”