Tonight’s board meeting was an evening of celebration coupled with observation of disturbing attitudes by the opponents of equality. First, a major thank you to all who showed up in attendance. It was a packed house, almost evenly divided but our red shirts had to be impressive to the Board, along with our perseverance to stay until 1:30 AM. The community came through and I have never been prouder.
Second, it was a handful of teachers and OADO members who were the catalyst to this success
with a special acknowledgement to Equality Florida for providing much of the documentation used to educate and persuade the members of the school board. And finally special thanks to the 5 brave board members who stood up to include Gender expression in the policy – Kat Gordan, Rick Roach, Daryl Flynn, Nancy Robbinson and Joie Watson Cadle. It took guts to make a public stand on a controversial issue….very disappointed in Bill Sublette who voted against gender identity though he did vote for the policy in the final vote.
- Claimed there was no notice of the-hearing (numerous publications were made on the OCPS website).
- Forced sharing of bathrooms and locker rooms between sexes
- Allowing a defense for pedophiles
- Weakening traditional marriage
- Exodus gay therapy works to convert LGBT people back to “normalcy”.
- The overall demise of our civilization as we know it.
I was impressed that these lies were addressed by Chairman of the Board and the Board’s attorney, but they still caused a divisiveness that need not to have occurred. These parents forget that who they may be talking against could be their own children. The Center understands, and we are always here to support, educate, and advocate for people who live in homes that silence their voice.