Kentucky Equality Association Issues Notice and Information to a Northern Kentucky High School

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Kentucky Equality Association sends letter and information to Boone County High School regarding the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance.

After receiving reports that officials at Boone County High School could be delaying the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance (“GSA”), the Kentucky Equality Association has sent a letter and information pamphlets to the school’s principal. The information sent to the school is entitled “Just the Facts” and has been endorsed by the American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, National Association of Social Workers, and the National Education Association, among others.

The federal Equal Access Act requires schools to treat GSA’s as they would any other school group, according to the letter sent Tuesday to Ms. Peggy Brooks the principal of Boone County High School.

The Kentucky Equality Association believes delaying or denying the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance would also violate the Kentucky Education Reform Act.

According to information obtained from the school’s website, 16 clubs are currently active in the school including a club dedicated to the animated cartoon, Anime.

A GSA provides a place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation, and work to end homophobia. Many GSA’s function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students who are struggling with their identity as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

Federal courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of GSA’s where schools tried to block their formation, upholding students' right to form the groups in Salt Lake City, Utah, Orange, California, Franklin Township, Indiana, and Boyd County, Kentucky.

The Kentucky Equality Association has offered to make additional information available to any official or student of Boone County High School. “The Kentucky Equality Association will be pleased to provide information and data sheets about GSA’s to any other school official or student in the commonwealth,” stated Jordan Palmer, association president.

The Advisory Council of the Kentucky Equality Association will continue to monitor the formation of the GSA club at Boone County High School through its members.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

The Kentucky Equality Association currently has more than 5,000 members and supporters throughout the commonwealth (as of May 30, 2006). The Kentucky Equality Association has three authorized chapters operating in the Bluegrass, Jackson Purchase, Northern, and Southeastern Regions of Kentucky.

For additional information on the Kentucky Equality Association, visit http://www.commonwealth-equality.org.

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