Take A Stand Against The Ignorance In Lenoir City
Some community members in Lenoir City, Tennessee are asking for an investigation of high school yearbook adviser James Yoakley.
What is Mr. Yoakley’s crime? He allowed an article in the 2012 yearbook titled “It’s OKAY to be gay.”
The student-written article profiled Zac Mitchell, a gay student who discussed bullying and coming out and how his family donates to pro-gay causes and breast cancer research. I know. Heinous stuff, isn’t it?
After the article came out, an email started circulating amongst the ultra-religious members of the community. They had this to say:
“It is time to take a stand for our faith. We aren’t being called to risk our lives and go before a king like Nehemiah – but our walls are broken down and our gates are burning.”
Wow! Who would have known that a call for tolerance and acceptance would be taken as an act of war by these supposed “Christians?”
Van Shaver, a board member in a nearby district, even went so far as to say that Yoakley should be fired and arrested.
“Arrested for what?!” You may ask. Child sex abuse, of course.
Shaver said that if Yoakley had asked about the sexual orientation about any child, then that must make him a sex offender.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had just about enough of the ultra-religious right’s war on gay teens in this country. They’ve helped pass laws that make it easier for bullies to target LGBT students. They’ve claimed that gay rights are an affront to their religious freedoms. And now, after one brave high school student shared his story in the yearbook, they are trying to criminalize the yearbook adviser.
Enough is enough.
Now here’s what you can do to help stand with Mr. Yoakley and the article of acceptance he decided to publish.
Like the Facebook page - Take A Stand Against The Ignorance in Lenoir CIty
The people trying to get Mr. Yoakley fired also made a Facebook page called “Take A Stand Lenoir City,” and I encourage you to go there and RESPECTFULLY disagree with the way they are handling this incident.
These people are certainly not acting very Christ-like right about now.
LGBT students in high schools across our nation are under attack, and they need all the help and support we can give.