No Discrimination At SDHS
To many people, high school is the greatest 4 years of your life. That’s where you grow, become more independent, make life-long friends, make unforgettable memories, and discover yourself. However, if you are gay, then you lose privileges for some reason. According to homosexual students at South Doyle High School, they aren’t allowed to attend their own prom. That’s the one thing most kids look forward too, isn’t it? Instead of being able to attend prom at South Doyle, they have to attend what is called a Diversity Prom that is held by a LGBT group every year.No matter your sexual orientation, you’re still a human. You’re still American. So, shouldn’t that mean you have the same rights as an American? You have Freedom of Speech and even Freedom of Religion, but you don’t have the freedom to be comfortable in your own skin? You can’t love someone the same sex as you and be allowed to attend your school’s dance?In the Constitution you are given rights to Personal Liberty. You are allowed to express your opinions and not be given any trouble by the law. So, in a way shouldn’t someone who is gay be allowed to express themselves freely without being worried about losing privileges in school? "The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) prohibits public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, the SNDA prohibits discrimination against any student because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom a student associates or has associated. Further, retaliation for lodging a complaint of discrimination is prohibited.The bill allows an aggrieved individual to assert a violation of these prohibitions in a judicial proceeding. In addition, the SNDA allows federal authorities to address discrimination made unlawful by the bill. The SNDA is modeled after Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and provides legal recourse to redress such discrimination." That quote is fromhttp://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/student-non-discrimination-act . It shows there is a law against discriminating against students.Being gay isn’t a sin. It’s not a way of life that anyone would choose. It’s a way of life that someone lives. It takes a strong person to get through the hate that comes their way for loving someone. This isn’t a campaign to stop all hate against gays, but would you just take the time to realize they’re human too. They have memories to make the next few years they are stuck in High School. And while some of it may be hard, why take away the things they look forward too? Why take away the memories they have yet to make?Give the LGBT+ student body the right to go to their Prom. Give them their memories to look forward too.Please, sign below. It would mean the world to the LGBT+ student body here at South Doyle High School. And it would definitely make a difference to many people.