(Yes, the title is a shameless steal from Fred Clark.)
Lake County has (finally) given approval for 8th-grader Bayli Silberstein to start a chapter of the GSA in her school.
If you haven’t been following this story (and really, if you don’t live in Florida, why would you?), a while back, Bayli tried to start a GSA club. The school said “Uh, no. Fuck gay kids.” Bayli then turned to the ACLU, which said “Uhh… if you allow other clubs, you have to allow this one, because laws.” The school then said, “Well fine then, NO NON-ACADEMIC CLUBS ALLOWED, suck on it.” Bayli, the ACLU, and pretty much everyone else said “…you guys are dicks, you know that?”
So anyway, it went to the school board.
Which hemmed and hawed and played stupid games. Those of you who know me IRL or follow me on Twitter may remember my rage when I drove an hour and a half to the school board hearing on the topic, only to learn they’d tabled the discussion. Which would effectively leave the current policy in place until after Bayli graduated.
Well, apparently mine wasn’t the only rage. The ACLU decided they had Had Enough, and filed a lawsuit. And on May 2nd, the school board backed the fuck down. Bayli is now allowed to start her club.
In her own words:
“I’m just so happy that our club is finally going to be allowed to meet,” stated Silberstein, an 8th-grader at Carver Middle School. “There’s only about a month left of school, but that’s still a month we can use to start doing the work to make this school a safer and more welcoming place.”