Let Nikki Peet Start A Gay-Straight Alliance in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Petitioned J. Crenshaw

This petition was delivered to:

Principal, Flour Bluff High School
J. Crenshaw
Flour Bluff Independent School District
Lynn Kaylor
Superintendent, Flour Bluff Independent School District
Dr. Julie Carbajal
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent, Flour Bluff Independent School District
Monica Munguia
President, Flour Bluff ISD Board of Trustees
Richard Pittman
Secretary, Flour Bluff ISD Board of Trustees
Flo East

Let Nikki Peet Start A Gay-Straight Alliance in Corpus Christi, Texas

    1. Shannon  Cuttle
    2. Petition by

      Shannon Cuttle

      Detroit, MI

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March 2011

Victory

Late on the night of March 8, 2011, school board members in Corpus Christi, Texas reversed their decision to deny high school senior Bianca "Nikki" Peet's request to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school. Nikki Peet can now start a GSA and meet on campus. The decision came after more than 55,000 Change.org members signed a petition in support of Peet, which was delivered by hand to the school at an all-day rally held on March 4 outside Flour Bluff High School.

The school's discriminatory decision to block a GSA had been threatened with litigation by American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti- Defamation League, and had become a national phenomenon due to the help of GetEQUAL TX, Equality Texas and students from the GSA at Texas A&M.

The principal of Flour Bluff High School, a public high school in Corpus Christi, Texas, has repeatedly rejected a student's application for a Gay-Straight Alliance on campus. Not only is this homophobic, it breaks federal anti-discrimination laws.

Under the Equal Access Act, federally-funded secondary schools must provide equal access to extracurricular clubs. The act also grants equal access on school grounds and inside school publications to student groups. This includes Gay-Straight Alliances on campus.

Please sign the petition below to urge school officials to approve Flour Bluff High School senior Bianca "Nikki" Peet's application to start a Gay-Straight Alliance on campus and create a safe spaces for all students.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Great news: the Corpus Christi Caller is reporting that Flour Bluff ISD will allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to meet for now:

    2. Shannon  Cuttle
      Petition Organizer

      Update: Flour Bluff ISD school board met for 4 hours Tuesday night to discuss the fate of the GSA. Local coverage Check back here for the latest updates

    3. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Flour Bluff ISD is holding an emergency school board meeting tonight to discuss the GSA. Check out the agenda here, and we'll have updates as soon as we can:

    4. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Are you on Twitter? Celebrate International Women's Day today by tweeting about Nikki Peet. Here's sample wording: Honor #IWD2011 by joining Nikki Peet's fight for a Gay Straight Alliance at her TX high school #ChangeForWomen #fem2

    5. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Texas community turns out to support gay-straight alliance -

    6. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      GLAAD provides some coverage of Nikki Peet's efforts to start a gay-straight alliance at Flour Bluff High School -

    7. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Celebrating the students at Flour Bluff High School standing up for a gay-straight alliance -

    8. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Dallas Voice features some coverage of the protest outside of Flour Bluff High School in support of a proposed gay-straight alliance -

    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      More local press coverage of yesterday's demonstration, this time from KIII-TV -

    11. Shannon  Cuttle
      Petition Organizer

      Local video from local KRIS-TV of today's demonstration outside of Flour Bluff High School in support of the gay-straight alliance -

    12. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Check out some more local coverage of today's demonstration outside of Flour Bluff High School in support of the gay-straight alliance -

    13. Shannon  Cuttle
      Petition Organizer

      Pictures of the petition being delivered today to Flour Bluff High School representatives during the peaceful protest to recognize the Gay-Straight Alliance

    14. Shannon  Cuttle
      Petition Organizer

      Local station kiii-TV covers the peaceful protest at Flour Bluff High School showing support for the school to recognize a gay-straight alliance. Please share the petition and help us keep up the pressure!

    15. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Protesters arrive at Flour Bluff High School, peacefully calling on the school to recognize a gay-straight alliance. Let's help keep up the pressure! -

    16. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Local station KRIS-TV covers the prep for this morning's rally, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. CST.

    17. Shannon  Cuttle
      Petition Organizer

      Just passed 40,000 ! Help us get to 50,000 in support of Nikki on Friday. Thank you to everyone let's keep the momentum going! Please share with your friends via email and stand up for inclusive safe schools!

    18. Reached 40 signatures
    19. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      Just passed 35,000. Awesome! Can you help us get to 40,000 before tomorrow's rally outside of Flour Bluff High School? Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter -- and forward it to your friends via email!

    20. Reached 35 signatures
    21. Eden James
      Petition Organizer

      We're this close to 30,000 signatures on behalf of Nikki! Thank you to everyone who is keeping up the momentum on this petition before Friday's rally outside Flour Bluff High School. Amazing!

    22. Reached 30 signatures
    23. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Graduates from Flour Bluff High School send letters and words of support for a proposed gay-straight alliance -

    24. Reached 20 signatures
    25. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Community members in Corpus Christi are gathering tomorrow for an all-day peaceful demonstration to call for a gay-straight alliance at Flour Bluff -

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Armand Fontaine KAMAY, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Who says that Progressives here in Texas can not get anything accomplished? It takes a great deal of perseverance and even more patience, but honest hard work can accomplish miracles. Hopefully a great number of students take advantage of the opportunities available through this great GSA and learn what true equality can mean to them as the next generation of leaders in this state and in this country. I applaud Nikki for her farsightedness and her values. I also applaud her parents for raising her to believe in the value of equality in her community.

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    • Heather Gruenberg TRAVERSE CITY, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      I substitute teach, so I realize the great power principals have to shape their schools, and I beg you: Please do what you can to make sure all students within your care receive the support they need to become healthy adults. Sometimes school is the only safe place they have to learn this. Thank you for your time.

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    • Tina Avent AUSTIN, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      I wish that something like this had been available for me when I was growing up gay in a small town in Texas. I was a quiet honor student but I had many bouts with suicidal depression. I didn't understand what was going on with me and had no one to talk to about it until I found a group in college. These groups are more important than you will ever know.

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    • Michael Hayes LOUISVILLE, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm on board. This is clearly unfair discrimination and should be stopped.

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    • Amy Daniel SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Y'all we should all be equal. (:

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