Create Gay/Straight Alliances & Support Networks for LGBT Students
  • Petitioned Brenda Hill

This petition was delivered to:

Member, TPS School Board
Brenda Hill
Vice President, TPS School Board
Lisa Sobecki
Member, TPS School Board
Jack Ford
TPS Superintendent
Jerry Pecko
Toledo Public Schools
President, TPS School Board
Bob Vasquez
Member, TPS School Board
Larry Sykes

Create Gay/Straight Alliances & Support Networks for LGBT Students

    1. Jordan Mocek
    2. Petition by

      Jordan Mocek

      Toledo, OH

The LGBT students in the Toledo area need a support network that will help them overcome instances of bullying and discrimination from their peers and teachers. It will also provide them a place to go to discuss issues that are bothering like coming out to friends and family. We need to show the students in the Toledo Public Schools that there are people out there that care about them and that want to help. The Secretary of Education has even come forward to express support for school systems to start, support, and allow GSA's. Here are some facts from GLSEN's School Climate Report for Ohio Schools:

- LGBT students in Ohio most commonly heard homophobic, sexist and negative remarks about gender expression.

- Nearly all heard “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) and more than 9 in 10 heard other homophobic remarks (e.g., “fag” or “dyke”) regularly at school

- Many also experienced physical harassment and physical assault: about 1 in 3 was physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) because of the way they expressed their gender
and about 1 in 4 was physically assaulted (e.g., punched, kicked or injured with a weapon) because of their sexual orientation

- The majority experienced verbal harassment (e.g., called names or threatened): about 9 in 10 because of their sexual orientation and 7 in 10 because of the way they expressed their gender

We ask that the TPS School Board at least perform the Local School Climate Survey to determine how safe our schools are.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Patrick Clark TOLEDO, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      I've attended Start High School, part of the TPS system. I know what it's like to be gay or 'different'. I know what it's like to be harrassed all day long and how nothing is done about it. These kids that are in school now are going through the same thing that forced me out of public schooling. It's not safe. This needs to be changed.

    • Sean Nestor TOLEDO, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      The experiences we have in school follow us our entire lives. We must have the courage to engage students in a discussion about this issue - it is something that is relevant more and more every day. We must have the courage to acknowledge and confront the discrimination that faces those with differing sexual identities. I think this would be a great start!

    • Jordan Mocek TOLEDO, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      If anyone knows of students in the TPS System that have been bullied or harassed or have not had luck getting a GSA started please let us know. Contact Equality Toledo, the Trevor Project, of if bad enough local authorities. We need to protect our students here in Toledo.

    • Sue Conway TORONTO
      • about 3 years ago

      Teens need to know there are others out there that share their struggles in person. The internet is not enough.

    • Mark Daye TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I believe in equal rights. GSA's have been proven to help LGBT teens and their straight counterparts.


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