Skip to comments.Lesbian T-shirt school storm
Posted on 02/18/2006 6:01:24 PM PST by naturalman1975
A STUDENT being asked to remove a T-shirt with a lesbian slogan has sparked a protest at a school in Melbourne's northwest.
About 30 students at Strathmore Secondary College last week rallied behind Year 12 classmate Stephanie, 17, after she was told by teachers to change out of the T-shirt for school photos.
Stephanie, who did not want her surname published, said she had worn a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" to school on several occasions without concerns being raised by staff or fellow students.
"I've had it for ages," she said.
But she said things changed when she wore it on school photo day, sparking concern among Year 12 co-ordinators.
She was quickly asked to take the T-shirt off.
"They said it was because certain parents would complain," Stephanie said.
Her mother, Susan, said she had had the controversial T-shirt printed for her daughter when she was about 15.
Susan said her daughter was brave to wear the T-shirt in public and particularly at school.
"I'm proud of her," she said. "I love her and I don't care what she is."
Stephanie said she was disappointed by the school's request for her to remove the T-shirt, but understood the concerns.
She said she would wear the T-shirt to school again once the issue had calmed down.
The incident triggered a protest by other Year 12 students, who turned up at school wearing T-shirts with similar slogans. They included "Nobody knows I am bulimic", "Nobody knows I'm pregnant" and "Nobody knows I'm on steroids". The students said they found the request to Stephanie discriminatory and an attack on free speech.
Stephanie said she was shocked by the amount of support she had received.
"It's pretty cool I guess," she said.
The school declined to comment this week.
Hmmm. Looking at the picture, is she SURE nobody knows she's lesbian?
Looking at picture....~Shudder
Yeesh, from that photo, nobody knows she's a female.
I wouldn't have known it if it weren't for the shirt. I would have assumed that she was an overweight guy.
I've been taught to believe that God loves them. But, wow?
The daughter doesn't seem to care one way or the other; it's Mommy who's pitching a fit...
well if you're wearing a shirt, I guess they know now....
Honestly, I don't have much problem with her. From what the article says when she was told this was inappropriate by her school, she complied with their ruling. My problem is with the other kids who've decided to turn this into a protest. Kids need to learn that rules exist to be obeyed. If you don't like them, work to change them.
Most schools here have uniforms - this one is unusual in not having one. It looks to me like these kids should be grateful for the amount of freedom their school gives them - not take a mile for every inch.
Here I is, Mr. Agitator....I do not want that "girl" to take off her shirt.
Yikes!!!!!She could turn Ellen Degeneras straight
From the looks of things, it was either that or unisexual.
Im thrilled she's got the right to wear that t-shirt. Woohoo!
USA kids could wear: "Nobody knows I'm poorly educated"
How about "Nobody knows I DON'T CARE WHERE YOU PUT YOUR TONGUE!"