The wires are HOT over this issue– A letter from Fred Hammond’s blog via Jim Becker.
Dear members of the Itawamba County School District:
I just read that the school board in Itawamba County, Mississippi has decided that a student could not attend her prom in a tuxedo and bring her girlfriend, also a student at the school, because it might be uncomfortable for the other students. This is not the lesson that should be taught. It teaches that segregation and hiding our truth is acceptable behavior because integration of our differences and being honest might make someone else uncomfortable. The lesson that needs to be taught is to embrace our differences be it racial, ethnic, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender expression. We live in a pluralist society. This is the reality of our nation. We are going to meet someone and most likely several someones in our life time who are not just like us. Doesn’t it make more sense to teach our children how to live in that reality rather than teaching them to be fearful of the other? Being uncomfortable is a form of fear and that is no way to live.
Your non-discrimination policy clearly states that your district does not discriminate based “on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability in the provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits.” If this is true then why discriminate against someone whose sexual orientation is different.
My religion teaches that all people are born with inherent worth and dignity. All people are entitled to be treated with respect for who they are. And that includes people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. All people are worthy of respect.
And that includes Constance McMillian.
Rev. Fred L Hammond
Our Home Universalist Unitarian Church