VA Beach school board shuts down lauded Gay-Straight Alliance event
The 2016 election brought more than just Donald Trump and a wave of conservative legislators to he House and Senate, it also trickled conservatives into important local seats as well.
And we’ve started to see the impact of those new elected officials in the form of Victoria Manning. After hearing Frank Cox high school was planning on holding a first-of-its-kind assembly to address anti-LGBTQ bullying, Manning, a month shy of taking office, sent an email to School board Chairman Dan Edwards claiming such an event would be “controversial.”
The Virginia Pilot has been covering the story which includes conversations about the months of planning that went into the event on behalf of both students and administration GSA members:
The event – the first of its kind at the school – will include a keynote speech by Hampton Roads Pride President Michael Berlucchi as well as a panel of students who will answer questions submitted ahead of time. Students from the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club came up with the idea of promoting “love is love” and planned it all.
“It makes it even more exciting from my point of view,” Berlucchi said. “It’s transformative for the community.”
Discussion about a program came up again this school year after a girl was bullied. The students told Milosevich that it was time for an assembly.
“It’s still a stigma in high school,” Milosevich said. “There are still a lot of old-school issues that are happening.”
She approached the school’s principal, Randi Riesbeck, about the idea and they decided sooner was better than later.
Students were able to send questions anonymously to Milosevich and the club decided which ones needed to be answered during the panel session. A Virginia Beach police officer will talk about how to deal with bullying.
The point of the program isn’t about an issue, she said, but to educate students about the club and how to talk to those who have a different sexual orientation.
“A lot of times, ignorance comes from fear and not understanding,” Milosevich said.
“We know that equal, fair treatment under the law is good for business, good for tourism, and good for individuals living in the Hampton Roads region.”February 16, 2017
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