Skip to comments.Obscuring yearbook photo of a male kissing boyfriend is illegal, gay advocate says
Posted on 06/24/2007 5:52:34 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084
A gay-rights group is demanding an apology from Newark School Superintendent Marion Bolden for ordering her staff to black out a picture of a gay couple kissing be fore distributing copies of the yearbook to students at East Side High School.
Calling the directive homophobic and unlawful, Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said yesterday the school also should redistribute a new batch of uncensored yearbooks at the district's expense.
"This action by the school district will have an unspeakably vile chilling effect on other gay and lesbian students coming out," Goldstein said. "Her (Bolden) trying to erase a student and his boyfriend is a metaphor for her trying to erase the gay and lesbian community out of Newark and its school system. It's wrong and it's ridiculous."
The photograph shows East Side High graduating senior Andre Jackson, 18, kissing David Esco bales, 19, of Allentown, Pa., on the lips. It was among several photos printed on a special page paid for by Jackson to commemorate his high school experience, at a cost of $150.
Yesterday, Bolden said the photo was not targeted because it was two men kissing, but because it was "suggestive" in nature and that she should have also censored other suggestive photos in the yearbook.
She said she promotes an atmosphere of tolerance for gay stu dents at Newark schools and in tends to apologize to Jackson if he believes the district did something to hurt him because of his orientation.
"I will call the student to let him know nothing was intended to hurt him or slight him," she said.
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Sounds like a very ill-informed kid. Unfortunately too many disputes are settled with violence in Newark. Very dumb to draw attention to oneself like that... given inherent danger of the surroundings.
The principal was doing this guy a favor... protecting him.
The expression drama queen wasnt conjured from thin air.
Well, good. No one asked them to splatter their deviant mental illness all over everyone's else's life. Do your, whatever the perversion of the month is, in private, and no one will bother you. That simple, but the homo agenda demands more.
I will take the blacked out version,Thank you, saves me having to cut it out myself, and lose what ever is on the back of it’s image.
I liked it better when they stayed in the closet.
If my child were a student at that school - I would be very thankful that the school “edited” the photo, but would be even happier if it was caught BEFORE printing. The right of a homosexual to advertise his sinful and abhorrent lifestyle does NOT trump my right to buy a high school yearbook WITHOUT GAY advertising... period.
The point of the kid buying the ad was not to express his “love” for his queer boyfriend, it was to shove homosexuality down the rest of the school’s throat (no nasty pun intended)
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves - Romans 1:24
The violence in Newark as you well know is drug and gang related.
What do you think his fellow students would do? Tie him up and drag him behind a pickup truck?
Whoever blacked out the picture is backpedaling as fast as they can right now. Yeah, sure, there was no boy/girl kissing pictures in any previous yearbooks. Looking at two guys will make me wretch personally but geez louise, I can turn the page.
I guess I am just pissed off that other “minorities”, including cigarette smokers don’t have this kind of power to make liberal legislators and administrators shake in their boots when they discriminate against us.
In Muslim countries they don't censor the picture with a felt tip pen. They drag the deviants into jail. Is that what you want?
I don't know. I can't believe that I am put into a situation where I have to defend guys who happen to like man ass. They had to be born that way. I like breasts and vagina myself, thankfully. Who would choose to be discriminated against?
Don’t you ever tell me where you got that picture from. EVER!!!
It shouldn’t be in the yearbook. I agree.
Tyler Schultz, a recent graduate of Pewaukee High School in Wisconsin, posed with a 12-guage shotgun and a Confederate battle flag in the portrait he first submitted to yearbook staff members.
The self-proclaimed country boy has been a trap shooter for three years and is close with family members in the South. He said he chose the two items because the school had asked students to express their personalities in their senior portraits for the yearbook.
But when Principal Marty Van Hulle saw the photo before an awards banquet, she said the photo could not be published in the yearbook unless the gun and flag were cropped out of the portrait.
As the yearbook is representative of the school and a publication of Pewaukee High School, it is by its very nature an extension of the school and school district, and therefore it is reasonable for us to regulate the message the school sends via our publications, Superintendent JoAnn Sternke told GM Today, a commercial newspaper covering the Milwaukee area. Weapons or images of this sort are not something we endorse or condone in the school environment.
Schultz and his mother, Tammy Ankomeus, said they were upset they were not told the photo was a problem until late May even though they had submitted the photo to yearbook staff members in October. Schultz submitted an alternate photo that appeared in the yearbook.
“Whether it’s in military, recreational or sporting form, anything shaped like a gun or knife is banned.” — Minnesota government school superintendent Dick Magaard on his decision to ban a yearbook photograph of a female senior sitting next to a small cannon located outside a local VFW post. The student chose the location because she plans to join the Army after graduation.
Scientific American?? That’s in the file name.
“The violence in Newark as you well know is drug and gang related.”
There was a lesbian teenage girl that was murdered in Newark a few years ago after she turned down a guy that tried to hit on her by saying she was a lesbian... that was all over the NY papers... Newark is another universe versus normal America.
“If it works for them, and it does, then it should work for Christians.”
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. - Ephesians 6
Friend, our conflict is not with these evil people, but with the spiritual forces of darkness behind them. We’ll never will any real battles by fighting people.
I know what you mean. The homosexuals always claim that what goes on in the privacy of their own bedrooms is their own business, but then seem intent on pushing it in our faces every chance they get. If it's not my business, they should stop trying to make it my business. If they'd keep it to themselves, then people wouldn't fight back.
If they're going to be so outspoken about it, so will I.
He has certainly abandoned SOME to their deviant behavior, but I don’t believe He will ever give up on them. See Sodom & Gomorrah.
You got it.
In truth- they were happier too, despite their passionate claims otherwise.
I was wondering why they just didn’t rip out the page!
I agree ...I liked it much better when they were in the closet too.
Tolerance is all about who is in charge and what they deem to be acceptable.
The lesbian was just sentenced to jail this week.
That's what those America hating progressives do. It's their job...take the greatest country ever on the history of the planet earth and change it. They're retarded. What can I say.
Unfortunately, they are having some success. "I Love Lucy" would be banned from network TV today because Ricky and Lucy smoked on screen and liberals want to denormalize smoking in order to discourage it. "Will and Grace" is acceptable with their homosexual normalization agenda because the liberals want to socially engineer a normalization of that particular behavior.
Social Engineering should be a college major. Fascinating stuff really.
“The lesbian was just sentenced to jail this week.”
Maybe we are thinking of different cases? This was actually 3 years ago.. I was confusing timing.
The love that dare not speaks its name is now the love that won’t STFU.
No, the ruling was just handed down this week. You’re talking about the lesbian women who stabbed the guy who tried to hit on them in Newark right?
“Youre talking about the lesbian women who stabbed the guy who tried to hit on them in Newark right?”
Wasn’t that in Brooklyn? That happened in 2005 or 2006, I think.
I was thinking of the lesbian girl that was murdered in downtown Newark (in 2003, I now find out).
One kid in my graduating class, a true nerd, thought he was too cool to have his senior picture in the yearbook. When the kid’s mother found out her son’s picture wasn’t in the yearbook, she hustled up a giant pile of self-stick individual yearbook photos and made sure that they were distributed throughout every homeroom in the school.
By lunchtime, those photos plastered every toilet seat and urinal in the building.
It was hilarious.
I was referring to this case:
Lesbians in assault to appeal their terms
Lawyers for four Newark-area lesbians sentenced to prison this week — one for 11 years — for assaulting a man who made advances toward them in Greenwich Village said yesterday they will appeal the “unusually harsh” prison terms.
“It was very severe, given the nature of the crime,” said Alan Lippel, who represented Patreese Johnson, 19, of Newark, who received the toughest sentence. “The judge seemed to reject everything the defendants said.”
Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin made it clear at sentencing Thursday that he had no sympathy for the women, ages 19-25, none of whom had a previous record and who claimed self-defense.
The four were among a group of seven lesbians who fought Dwayne Buckle, 29, last summer after he attempted to pick up Johnson in the West Village. Insults were exchanged and the incident quickly escalated to spitting, then kicking and punching.
The jury found that in the midst of the brawl, Johnson pulled a steak knife from her purse and stabbed Buckle once in the stomach. He was hospitalized for five days after surgery for a lacerated liver and stomach. He said he also suffered cuts, bruises and scratches.
All of the women were originally charged with gang assault. The jury dismissed a charge of attempted murder against Johnson, but found her guilty of aggravated assault.
Then you probably won't like the picture of Andre and David kissing. ;^)
I know and it really disgusts me. I’ve had it with public schools who dare to think they can tell my 7 yr old who & what a family is. Or the ones who want to tell them its ok to be gay....I wonder if they tell them by being gay they may get AIDS & die? Shaking my head again, ~Pandora~
I most vigorously disagree. You can back up this insight, how?
OTOH, the psychiatric profession listed homosexuality as a mental illness for decades, before political pressure forced the current liberal definition.
Way too many behavioral and environmental indicators are evident to show that this behavior is learned.
Come to think of it, I do not want any pseudo-science that purports to show the were "born that way". I am sick of them and the "debate". That you would make this statement on FR is amazingly liberal.
This is your rifle this is your gun, this is for shooting, this is for... you know the drill. :)
Erasing the pair is fine with me.
This guy is going out of his way to offend. The students did not choose this for the yearbook. He actually paid to shove this in the face of every other student in the school.
It’s a tyranny of one.
Seniors picture with sword nixed because of schools no-weapons policy
Portsmouth High School senior and SCA member Patrick Agin may appear in the school yearbook wearing his chainmail, but the broadsword over his shoulder must go, say school officials. Bruce Burdett of the East Bay, Rhode Island newspaper reports.
(AgapePress) - A twelfth-grader is set to sue his New Hampshire high school over its decision to reject his senior yearbook photo featuring a broke-open shotgun slung over his shoulder.
The Londonderry High School yearbook is full of pictures of students holding items from their hobbies. Trombones, paintbrushes, you name it. What it does not have is a picture of Blake Douglass with his skeet shooting rifle. The reason? Having a picture of a gun violates their zero tolerance policy.
Because Christians are not Muslims.
I had a gay next door neighbor that actually told me that very thing(”The homosexuals always claim that what goes on in the privacy of their own bedrooms is their own business”), then got a boyfriend and insisted on making a big show of it to the whole neighborhood, having big parties outside, men all hanging all over each other. To make a long story short, the new boyfriend actually killed him, tried to take all of his property and ended up in jail.
It was a disgusting nuisance for a while but the curse that was on both of their lives was evident to all. It always seemed to me that they were going out of their way to convince everyone else how happy they were, but they seemed really very miserable and in the end, obviously were.(no pun intended)
“Will and Grace” is acceptable with their homosexual normalization agenda because the liberals want to socially engineer a normalization of that particular behavior.
Will and Grace never gave the truth about homosexuality. It was a show that was just silly which is why America watched. This is how the gay lobbyist get things accomplished. They gloss over the actual truth. That is why we will lose this battle IMHO. I am not happy about it but I don’t have any solutions.
And I thought living in a welfare town was interesting enough. You got me beat on that.