Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of a lawsuit against DeSoto County School District brought by Amber Hatcher, an openly lesbian 17-year-old student who was punished for participating in an annual anti-bullying observance in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.
For the past two years, Lambda Legal has filed lawsuits on behalf of students who were denied the right to participate in GLSEN’s Day of Silence, the annual anti-bullying observance in support of LGBT students at their schools. Today we celebrate this year's National Day of Silence.
Ahead of GLSEN's National Day of Silence—when thousands of students across the country take a stand against bullying in support of LGBT students—we are reminded of the many LGBT youth who feel like they do not have a voice because of the bullying and discrimination they experience in school.
Last year on GLSEN’s Day of Silence, I went to school wearing a T-shirt that read, “Jesus is Not a Homophobe.” The shirt is a representation of my identity – I’m gay. Wearing the shirt was a statement, yes. But at first, my school told me I wasn’t allowed to wear it, and threatened me with suspension if I did.
Victory! Lambda Legal client Maverick Couch can now wear this T-shirt to school any day he chooses. The school district and principal agreed today to have a judgment entered against them. Tell us what you think!