Teacher who said ‘gays don’t have a purpose’ gets a rebuttal

LGBT groups in Indiana launched a 'You Have a Purpose' Facebook page as a response to the special-ed teacher who made homophobic remarks this week

Teacher who said ‘gays don’t have a purpose’ gets a rebuttal
17 February 2013

Gay rights groups launched an empowerment campaign in response to the Indiana teacher who said ‘gays don’t have a purpose’.

Special-ed teacher Diana Medley said earlier this week that she doesn’t agree with homosexuality. She was speaking on behalf of a group who wanted to host a ‘traditional’ prom at Indiana’s Sullivan High School that wouldn’t allow gay and lesbian students.

To continue encouraging LGBT youth in Indiana and abroad, a Facebook page titled ‘You have a purpose’ has been created where supporters can post videos with a positive and uplifting message.

Annette Gross, coordinator for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) compared the new web page to Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ campaign.

Gross said in an interview: ‘We just want to focus on the positive, letting them (gay teens) know that they do have a purpose and there are people out there that care about them’.

The web page will not allow videos about Medley’s comments or the ‘traditional’ prom dispute.

Gross said: ‘This is about the kids. This isn’t about her’.

The Facebook page, set up by the Interfaith Coalition on Non-discrimination, Indiana PFLAG, Indiana Equality Action and Fairtalk, is open to the public.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Sydney Opera House ‘TrAnnie’ panto outrages trans Australians

Drag artist Trevor Ashley’s pantomime for Christmas 2012 lampooning the musical Annie has been attacked as transphobic and sexist
No thumbnail available

Walt Disney World dumps Boy Scouts of America over anti-gay policy

Scouting official acknowledges the resort's 'views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support'
No thumbnail available

Hundreds of Serbian gays defy Belgrade Pride ban

Protestors descend on Serbian capital hours after PM bans event
No thumbnail available

Soap star wants to win ‘sexiest male’ for the gays

Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson, who came out as gay in 2010, is getting competitive before the British Soap Awards
No thumbnail available

Ru Paul 'shocked and heartbroken' at death of drag queen

Drag superstar and TV channel confirm death of Sahara Davenport, who shot to fame starring on Ru Paul's Drag Race
No thumbnail available

Julie White surpised, but glad to be playing a lesbian on NBC's Go On

Creators of Matthew Perry sitcom threw actress a curveball after she was cast
No thumbnail available

Adam Lambert to tour with Queen this summer?

Singer said he has not yet confirmed any guest appearances with band
No thumbnail available

Brazil soccer player Alex: ‘It’s not anti-gay to believe being gay is wrong'

Paris Saint Germain has defended his anti-gay views, saying it is not right for a man to live with a man and a woman with a woman
No thumbnail available

St Petersburg Pride to go ahead despite gay ban law

Russian activists announce they will attempt another St Petersburg gay Pride despite local gay ban law and police harassment
No thumbnail available

UK Black Pride receives record number of volunteers

Gay pride event in London receives unprecedented number of volunteer applications