Gerri August expresses his feelings about Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LBGT) people and how they need to be accepted in school environments and also in the every day world. August believes that people should be able to express themselves however they feel especially in schools. August states that school environments should be a safe place for students. But, "the reality, of course, is much more complicated. The walls are permeable: students (and teachers) bring their personal experiences into the classroom and carry their classroom experiences with them when they leave" (83).
"Central Piedmont Community College officials say they suspended Andraya Williams, 22, for not handing security officers her student identification and said she couldn't come back unless she used a gender-neutral bathroom."
Andraya Williams was stopped by campus police when asked for her identification card. The officer asked Andraya, while laughing, if she was a woman or man. The officer called six backup officers to check the identification card. Andraya claimed that she felt discriminated. The next day she met with Mark Helms, the college Dean of Student Life who told her that she was suspended for not handing over the identification card to the officers when asked. Williams tells WBTV-TV, "I'm not comfortable on that campus. I don't feel like I'm safe from staff because nothing has been done about the situation."
August claims in his article that all LGBT people should be accepted in and on school grounds. It was clearly wrong that Williams was discriminated for being who she believes she is. Nobody should be confronted by officials for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
(A website for helping students in classrooms and in school areas overcome the aspect of Bullying for LGBT students.)
Points to Share:
How can we help students overcome bullying? This area is very close to my heart being three of my friends are LGBT, and it saddens me the things I hear people say to them/about them. At first I didn't know who to react because I didn't want to be made fun of either. But, after one year of gaining my confidence, I stuck up for them because they were to afraid to do it themselves.
This reading relates to SCWAAMP and mostly all of the reading because of the power of culture and and the acceptance of societal normalities.