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Lesbian T-shirt school storm
Herald Sun ^ | 19th February 2006 | Mary Papadakis

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.



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1 posted on 02/18/2006 6:01:25 PM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975
I'm waiting for the FReepers who defend kids' rights to wear Confederate flag and pro-life t-shirts to show up and defend this girl.

...

...

*crickets*

2 posted on 02/18/2006 6:04:11 PM PST by Zeroisanumber
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To: naturalman1975

Hmmm. Looking at the picture, is she SURE nobody knows she's lesbian?


3 posted on 02/18/2006 6:04:37 PM PST by Moonmad27
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To: naturalman1975; DBeers

LOL!
Ping.


4 posted on 02/18/2006 6:05:15 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: naturalman1975

Looking at picture....~Shudder


5 posted on 02/18/2006 6:05:27 PM PST by Wheee The People
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To: naturalman1975

Yeesh, from that photo, nobody knows she's a female.


6 posted on 02/18/2006 6:05:55 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Moonmad27

I wouldn't have known it if it weren't for the shirt. I would have assumed that she was an overweight guy.


7 posted on 02/18/2006 6:06:05 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: naturalman1975

I've been taught to believe that God loves them. But, wow?


8 posted on 02/18/2006 6:08:11 PM PST by johniegrad
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To: naturalman1975

The daughter doesn't seem to care one way or the other; it's Mommy who's pitching a fit...


9 posted on 02/18/2006 6:10:29 PM PST by LongElegantLegs (Going armed to the terror of the public.)
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To: naturalman1975


well if you're wearing a shirt, I guess they know now....


10 posted on 02/18/2006 6:10:44 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President!)
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To: Zeroisanumber

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.


11 posted on 02/18/2006 6:10:44 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

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12 posted on 02/18/2006 6:11:26 PM PST by Trillian
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To: naturalman1975
HOw about one that says "Everyone Knows I'm An Idiot".

L

13 posted on 02/18/2006 6:13:15 PM PST by Lurker (In God I trust. Everybody else shows me their hands.)
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To: Zeroisanumber
I'm waiting for the FReepers who defend kids' rights to wear Confederate flag and pro-life t-shirts to show up and defend this girl. ...

Here I is, Mr. Agitator....I do not want that "girl" to take off her shirt.

Happy now?

14 posted on 02/18/2006 6:15:00 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: naturalman1975

Yikes!!!!!She could turn Ellen Degeneras straight


15 posted on 02/18/2006 6:16:13 PM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: Moonmad27
Hmmm. Looking at the picture, is she SURE nobody knows she's lesbian?

From the looks of things, it was either that or unisexual.

16 posted on 02/18/2006 6:16:52 PM PST by bikepacker67 (Mohammed's Mother wears Army Boots)
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To: Zeroisanumber

Im thrilled she's got the right to wear that t-shirt. Woohoo!


17 posted on 02/18/2006 6:17:57 PM PST by stormlead
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To: naturalman1975

 

 

 

Nobody Home

Upstairs

 

 

18 posted on 02/18/2006 6:18:57 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Women were put on Earth to look hot. Men are here to behave stupidly about it.)
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To: naturalman1975

USA kids could wear: "Nobody knows I'm poorly educated"


19 posted on 02/18/2006 6:19:57 PM PST by Rebelbase (President Bush is a Texas jackass when it comes to Border security .)
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To: naturalman1975

How about "Nobody knows I DON'T CARE WHERE YOU PUT YOUR TONGUE!"


20 posted on 02/18/2006 6:25:06 PM PST by trubluolyguy (Islam, Religion of Peace and they'll kill you to prove it.)
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To: naturalman1975
""Nobody knows I'm a lesbian"

Uhhh, ya we do.

21 posted on 02/18/2006 6:25:20 PM PST by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: naturalman1975

Someone needs to tell her that, even without the shirt, everyone DOES know.


22 posted on 02/18/2006 6:30:15 PM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: Moonmad27

Criminy. Jimmy Kimmel in drag.


23 posted on 02/18/2006 6:31:37 PM PST by sine_nomine (Every baby is a blessing from God, from the moment of conception.)
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To: Zeroisanumber
"Nobody knows I'm a lesbian"

Seems pretty mild to me. Not obscene. Not really provocative.

Not sure you can compare the two.
24 posted on 02/18/2006 6:34:41 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: naturalman1975

hehehe


25 posted on 02/18/2006 6:36:47 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..".Liberty is the right and hope of all humanity"GW Bush)
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To: BenLurkin

One wonders why she didn't simply follow orders and take it off as instructed...


26 posted on 02/18/2006 6:38:20 PM PST by null and void (before the darkness there's a moment of light, when everything seems so clear)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K; DBeers; Zeroisanumber

Statements, as on tee shirts, are not all equal. Values neutral is a figment of the imagination. Promoting homosexuality doesn't belong in schools.


27 posted on 02/18/2006 6:45:08 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: naturalman1975
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28 posted on 02/18/2006 6:45:34 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (The Death Penalty isn't for making examples it's for making bad people DEAD!)
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To: Dog Gone
LOL!!!

I was thinking...
"EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR A LESBIAN - IF YOU HAVE TWO X CHROMOSOMES!:

29 posted on 02/18/2006 6:45:42 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Feb 18, 1841, The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.)
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To: Zeroisanumber
I'm waiting for the FReepers who defend kids' rights to wear Confederate flag and pro-life t-shirts to show up and defend this girl.

I'm no fan of Confederate flag clothing, and I don't defend it. But the t-shirt in this story seems pretty mild.

30 posted on 02/18/2006 6:46:26 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: Zeroisanumber
I don't care what she wears. As long as it doesn't incite a riot.
31 posted on 02/18/2006 6:48:36 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Feb 18, 1841, The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.)
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To: Zeroisanumber
Wow, you waited a whole three minutes before *crickets* huh?

If she isn't violating the dress code, she has every right to wear the T-shirt. If she is violating the dress code she needs to not wear it. Real radical of me, huh? I guess I just want consistancy regardless of the political message. I guess I'm just a conservative.

32 posted on 02/18/2006 6:54:00 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: naturalman1975

Sorry, I couldn't help myself!

33 posted on 02/18/2006 6:55:05 PM PST by VoiceOfBruck (And then we was beat up by a bible salesman and banished from Woolworth's.)
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To: naturalman1975

Best pick up line I ever heard was; " I find you very attractive because I'm a woman trapped in a man's body." Worked for the guy like a two dollar mule.


34 posted on 02/18/2006 6:55:20 PM PST by em2vn
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To: naturalman1975

Best pick up line I ever heard was; " I find you very attractive because I'm a woman trapped in a man's body." Worked for the guy like a two dollar mule.


35 posted on 02/18/2006 6:57:39 PM PST by em2vn
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To: Zeroisanumber

Looking at her picture I'm sure only she herself thought that nobody knew she was a lesbian.

Interesting she didn't want her last name published.


36 posted on 02/18/2006 6:58:05 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: naturalman1975

A fifteen year old goes to her mother and says "I'm a lesbian and the mother says "I'm so glad". Hopefully that family tree will stop here.


37 posted on 02/18/2006 7:06:01 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Eagles6
A fifteen year old goes to her mother and says "I'm a lesbian and the mother says "I'm so glad".

Something wierd there. Lesbianism as some kind of way for a homely woman to be proud of herself. Sour grapes as some kind of pseudo-therapeutic identity concept. Not healthy.

38 posted on 02/18/2006 7:23:38 PM PST by Yeti ("He might be drunk!")
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To: Moonmad27

the picture explains it all.. *shrudders*


39 posted on 02/18/2006 7:25:45 PM PST by Cinnamon
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To: albertp; Allosaurs_r_us; Abram; AlexandriaDuke; Americanwolf; Annie03; Baby Bear; bassmaner; ...
Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
40 posted on 02/18/2006 7:32:14 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Zeroisanumber
I'm waiting for the FReepers who defend kids' rights to wear Confederate flag and pro-life t-shirts to show up and defend this girl.

Dont worry they are on thier way i just pinged the freeper libertarians both big L and small l

41 posted on 02/18/2006 7:33:29 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: naturalman1975

I didn't see Stephanie's father mentioned in the article...


42 posted on 02/18/2006 7:34:15 PM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: Lady Jag

oops I forgot to put you onthe libertarian ping list until after i pinged them to this thread.Your on the list now though


43 posted on 02/18/2006 7:35:21 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: johniegrad
I've been taught to believe that God loves them.

You probably need to shop for a better church.

44 posted on 02/18/2006 7:38:05 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Eagles6

Yeah, that would seem to be an evolutionary dead-end, unless she's a kid and relents later on. Just a fad urged on by liberals.


45 posted on 02/18/2006 7:41:51 PM PST by kcar (Nobody knows I'm the Carpet Man.)
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To: Zeroisanumber

If the shirt is not obscene, I think it's her right to wear it. But I would like to have seen one of the protesters wear a shirt saying, "Nobody knows I'm a southerner" with a confederate flag. Or "Nobody knows I believe in American exceptionalism".

I bet that would toast a few cookies.


46 posted on 02/18/2006 10:18:37 PM PST by I still care ("For it is the doom of men that they forget". - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: naturalman1975

That's the one and only thing she wants the world to know and remebers about her? What a loser! The Leftist agenda has sure done a job of screwing up a lot of young people...and their parents, which was their goal all along.


47 posted on 02/18/2006 10:45:02 PM PST by Mack Truck
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To: Zeroisanumber
Sure would have been entertaining to see at least one of the students wearing a CREATIVE shirt, something like "Nobody knows I'm illiterate," or "Nobody knows I'm anonymous."

Or my favorite "Nobody knows I'm not a lesbian."

Wonder what the school would have done about that latter one.

48 posted on 02/19/2006 5:27:38 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: PAR35

Love the sinner, hate the sin.

There, but for the grace of God, go I.


49 posted on 02/19/2006 6:58:47 AM PST by ViLaLuz (Stop the ACLU - Support the Public Expression of Religion Act 2005 - Call your congressmen.)
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To: naturalman1975

What's her new one? "Nobody Knows I'm Stupid"?


50 posted on 02/19/2006 6:59:50 AM PST by RichInOC (Stupidity is its own punishment...but not as often as it should be.)
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