Sarasota County School Board has police usher trans alumnus out of school board meeting

As background to this, Nate Quinn is a Sarasota County public school graduate who has fought for trans rights in Sarasota public schools since he came out as trans in high school. Sarasota’s current policy is to deal with trans students on an individual case-by-case basis, with school principals and administrators deciding whether or not to let each individual trans student use the correct facilities and have their names and pronouns respected. Since the Sarasota County School Board has refused to develop a trans-inclusive policy to protect trans students, Nate created the Nate’s List campaign and has been regularly speaking at school board meetings for the last year. asking the board to meet the following three demands: Inclusive bathroom/locker room policies Add gender identity and expression to anti harassment policies Train staff and faculty on inclusion of trans identities This is some pretty basic stuff that’s important for kids to[…]

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Don’t forget how controversial MLK was

​There was a little old lady who came in to volunteer for the Hillary campaign in my town who told me the story of how her minister father was the one who invited Dr. King to St. Augustine. For his troubles, the Klan tried to frame him for murder, tried unsuccessfully to fire bomb the family home multiple times, and her mother ended up packing up herself and the younger kids and leaving St. Augustine for somewhere safer until things died down. The woman telling me the story decided to stay in St. Augustine with her father and spent months sleeping on the floor of her bedroom closet because it was the safest place if the Klan attacked. We talk about Martin Luther King Jr in terms of platitudes and pithy quotes, but the reality is that in his life he was so controversial that just inviting him to town[…]

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Happy New Year!

No recap or top posts of the past year. Instead of looking backwards, let’s look forward to how we can make the world around us a better place. — I have a Patreon, if you like the work I’m doing, I’d appreciate it if you sent a few dollars my way.

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