Grant equal access to  Gay-Straight Alliances in schools!
  • Petitioned Heather Kintzley

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Kennewick School Board Position 1
Heather Kintzley
Kennewick School Board Position 3
Kathy White
Kennewick School Board Position 4
Lynn Fielding
Kennewick School Board President
Dawn Adams
Kennewick School Board Director of Communications & Public Relations
Kennewick School Board

Grant equal access to Gay-Straight Alliances in schools!

    1. Joshua Rumley
    2. Petition by

      Joshua Rumley

      Seattle, WA

The Kennewick School Board in Washington State made the decision to restrict access to all Gay-Straight Alliances in their school district. With this decision Gay-Straight Alliances will not have recognition in the year book or student newspaper, they will not be able to use the public-address system to announce club meetings or events, they won’t be able to have accounts with the Associated Student Body for fundraising purposes or have advisers to help direct the club.

The Kennewick School board had been in violation of the Federal Equal Access law, which requires federally-funded secondary schools to provide equal access to all extracurricular clubs, by granting different access levels to non-curricular student clubs. In the school boards answer to being in violation to a federal law they decided to restrict access to ALL non-curricular clubs including community service orientated clubs such as the Key Club. The Kennewick School Board would rather restrict all non-curricular student clubs then give recognition to the Gay-Straight Alliance.

LGBTQ students face higher suicide rates then their straight peers because of bullying and the ignorance they face in their daily lives as they try to fit in and find a safe community to be themselves. It’s important that our public schools are inclusive and welcoming to all students of all backgrounds. Gay-Straight Alliances are important not only for LGBTQ students but for the entire Kennewick community.

Allowing Gay-Straight Alliances in our public schools sends a clear message that all students deserve equal treatment, respect and a safe environment to assemble.

Please sign this petition to let the Kennewick School Board know that you not only stand with LGBTQA students but for all students in the Kennewick School district.

Please grant equal access to all student clubs and stop allowing personal ignorance and bigotry to dictate our public school system.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. The Kennewick School Board will revist policy that restricts GSA's

      Joshua Rumley
      Petition Organizer

      The Kennewick School Board has announced that they are revisiting the new policy that restricts all non-curricular clubs; GSA, Key Club and etc! Amazing work everybody, change only happens once you ask for it!

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Breaking the Silence: Gay Youth in an American Town by Ittai Orr

      Joshua Rumley
      Petition Organizer

      A documentary about the lives and struggles of LGBT youth in Tri-Cities, Washington and the allies that fight to give them hope.

      Directed by Ittai Orr, an undergraduate at Columbia University.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. We're Almost to Our First Goal!

      Joshua Rumley
      Petition Organizer

      The out pouring of support has truly been amazing to watch. Thank you for your support on this issue and please keep spreading the word. The call for equality will be deafening at the next Kennewick School Board meeting. Good job!
      - Joshua

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Kennewick School Board Reverses Course, Enacts Policy to Restrict GSA's

      Joshua Rumley
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this article by Dan Savage about the Kennewick School Board decision.

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • S K STONEWALL, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is terrible. The only safe place that LGBTQ and they take EVERYTHING away from them? I'm in a Gay-Straight Alliance club. These kids take on so much every single day of their lives, from suicide or suicidal thoughts to bullying, and there is so much anger. Let them have a safe place to just be themselves without persecution. Please!

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    • Robin Layton HELENA, MT
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing because it is wrong to restrict freedom of speech. All students deserve an equal voice.

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    • Kate Gaming TAMPA BAY, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Signed and also added to this page on facebook, which is trying to promote a lot of petitions for equality. Please everyone with facebook, join this page, share it and sign all petitions on it. By helping each other reach our goals, equality will be the real winner. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Petitions-Promoting-Equality/131324473639202

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    • Кейли Милър SOUTH OGDEN, UT
      • about 3 years ago

      I had to fight hard to get the GSA in my school. If I can help support, I will. Anyway i know how.

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    • Matt Herring HAZEL PARK, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      More bigotry. Signed

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