Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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Memorial and Vigil in Memory of Lawrence King
Feb. 20, 2008 – SAN DIEGO – Gay Lesbian Straight Alliance Education
Network (GLSEN) – San Diego and Parents, Families, and Friends of
Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) – San Diego will sponsor a memorial and
candlelight vigil in memory of Lawrence King, aged 15, a gay-
identified middle school student who was fatally shot at his school
on February 12 in Oxnard, California, in what has been identified as
a hate crime.
The memorial event will be held at The Center, 3909 Centre Street, on
Thursday, February 28 from 6-8 pm, and will include speakers and a
candlelight walk from The Center to San Diego Unified School
District's Eugene Brucker Educational Center, 4100 Normal Street.
Lawrence King was shot twice in the back of the head by a 14-year-old
fellow student in a school classroom. Lawrence had recently
identified as gay and was reportedly harassed by his alleged
assailant and others in days prior to the shooting.
"It's absolutely crucial that we name the problem of anti-LGBT
bullying and harassment and address it directly to find a solution to
the everyday fear that keeps countless youth from feeling safe in
school," said Kevin Jennings, executive director of GLSEN.
The State of California has recently passed safe-schools legislation
in the form of SB777, which contains very specific language that
addresses discrimination and bullying against LGBT students. While
GLSEN is making every effort to make the execution of SB777
effective, there are still districts that refute the necessity of
this bill. We are hopeful that the tragedy involving Lawrence King
will make it clear to all how crucial it is to implement safe-schools
"This terrible incident underscores the fact that we cannot let hate
go unchecked in our schools and communities," said Judy Shepard,
executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. "Our young
people need our direction and gui dance to prevent this type of crime
from happening. I urge all parents and teachers to educate their
children and students about acceptance, understanding and compassion."