Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts: Install a Gay Straight Alliance at the Center for Creative Arts
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Debbie Smith
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District 6 Board Member
Joe Galloway

Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts: Install a Gay Straight Alliance at the Center for Creative Arts

    1. Petition by

      Keeli Monroe

      Chattanooga, United States

We the undersigned acknowledge the legitimate need for a Gay-Straight Alliance at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, and support and encourage the immediate installation thereof. The Center for Creative Arts, henceforth referred to as “CCA”, has a long standing history of having a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered student body population that is greater than that of the average LGBT student population found in other Chattanooga schools.

We recognize that, save for extenuating circumstances, anti-LGBT bullying is not as severe at CCA as it is in other local schools; however, we want to make the administration aware that it does still occur. Though the frequency of these occurrences is typically lower than that of other schools in the area, it is certainly not any less damaging for the students who are victims of it. We would also like to point out to the administration that bullying is by no means the only obstacle faced by LGBT youth. These individuals are also likely to experience depression caused by inner conflict, unaccepting and unsupportive family, and discrimination outside of CCA’s generally accepting atmosphere.

In your consideration, please take into account the following statistics regarding LGBT youth provided by Lamda Legal, as they pertain to the safety and overall happiness of LGBT youth, including but not limited to the students at your school: http://data.lambdalegal.org/pdf/158.pdf

To:
Debbie Smith, Principal
Rick Smith, Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent
Joe Galloway, District 6 Board Member
Install a Gay Straight Alliance at the Center for Creative Arts

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      Lesbian and gay rights are human rights!

      Back in December 2011,the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a landmark report identifying that violence against LGBT people “tends to be especially vicious compared to other bias-motivated crimes.” It said that states have an “obligation to exercise due diligence” to investigate and prosecute such crimes.

      Thailand is a country often assumed to be LGBT friendly because of the tolerance that is part of Thai Buddhism, but human rights advocates are protesting a pattern of killings of lesbians and ‘tomboys.’ ‘Tom’ is a specifically Thai gender identity where lesbian women dress, act and speak in a masculine fashion.

      Most of the killings have been dismissed by police as “love gone sour” or the fault of the victims.

      They have verified information in 15 murder cases over the last few years, the youngest of whom was 17. In addition to being stabbed multiple times, suffocated, strangled, or shot to death, many of the lesbians and toms had also been raped. In two cases of double homicides, lesbian couples were killed by men who objected to their relationship and felt rebuffed when their attempts at coercing one partner into a heterosexual relationship failed.

      24-year-old Nurisan Chedurame was described as a tomboy by those who knew her and in the media. Last December, she was found dead near her village’s garbage dump with her head smashed in. A three-inch club was found at the crime scene. Relatives said that Nurisan had not returned from being out with friends the night before. Thai media quote police as suspecting she was killed because “she was involved with women.”

      Also in December, the body of 25-year-old tomboy Kanchana Changkwian was found two months after she went missing. In that case, police speculated that she had been raped and murdered “for becoming involved with a married woman.”

      In another case from last year a ‘tom’ (who is not named in reports) was murdered by her girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Parents and relatives of the girlfriend (also not named) had opposed the relationship, and despite threats against the tom, had failed to stop the couple from continuing to see each other. The mother of the girlfriend engineered the murder of the tom and promised to marry off her daughter to the ex-boyfriend who committed the murder.

      Most of the verified cases have not been properly investigated because of a failure to recognize possible hate crime motives.

      Said Grace Poore, of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC):

      “The killing and rapes of lesbians and toms represents a callous disregard for humanity. The failure of the Thai government to prevent or properly investigate these killings are not only appalling, they are evidence of poor governance and blatant violation of international human rights law.”

      IGLHRC and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have written to the Thai government demanding that this pattern of killings be investigated. The letter also makes a series of recommendations that authorities work with local human rights groups to ensure that LGBT people enjoy the protections they have under Thai law and that they educate both law enforcement and the Thai public about those protections.

      Thailand has signed a number of international treaties that guarantee respect for human rights, and it was one of the countries which supported the process at the United Nations, led by South Africa, which has resulted in the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report.

      Australian police have released a shocking X-ray photo showing the skull of a murdered Chinese immigrant shot 34 times in the head and neck with a high-power nail gun.

      The body of gay Chen Liu, 27, was found 2008 by two children in marshland in south Sydney, wrapped in a carpet and bound with electrical wire.Detectives said the weapon used was a standard gas nail gun widely available and used in construction, firing nails up to 85mm (3.3 inches) long.

      “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

      “It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

      Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

      Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

      Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

      The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

      “We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

      Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

      Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

      Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.

      “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford said.

      “It’s a particularly brutal and vicious murder and hence the reason we are seeking information from the public.”

      Liu arrived in Australia in 2000 and was reported missing last year.

      Police appealed to the public for help in solving the gruesome killing of a Chinese man who was shot 34 times in the head and neck with a nail gun before being dumped in a river.

      Police have yet to say whether they’ve identified any suspects.

      The 34 nails were found during a post-mortem examination of Liu’s body, and were located mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close range, Beresford said. Police have not recovered the weapon.

      “We certainly believe the nail gun is responsible for the death – there’s no doubt about that,” he said.

      Police believe he was killed 12 days before his corpse was discovered.

      Police are investigating associates of Liu, who also went by the name Anthony Liu, but said they have no evidence to suggest he was linked to any criminal group. They refused to say whether they’ve identified any suspects or persons of interest.

      Liu arrived in the city of Melbourne on a student visa from China in early 2000 and moved to Sydney, where he married for a short time and separated, police said. They declined to release any additional information about him, including whether any of his family members are living in Australia.

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    • April Adams LIVINGSTON, TN
      • 9 months ago

      The serious Problems that our Nation faces today, are the Problems we must address! Our eyes have been shut to long to the Corruption that is going on in America, congress refusing to sit down and agree to s-o-m-e-t-h-I-n-g !! The World is looking at our nation as a joke! Incompetent decision makers refusing to work, but collecting their pay for their absent time from work! These are the problems we must address and make change! Universities refusing to accept those of sexual orientation is another staking on working things out! Fairness for all should be any learning institutions motto! Who you choose to love is a private matter, between no-one but that couple, Diversity is here to stay and has always been present in our World! Thou should not judge, and the greatest of these is Love! You cannot preach it one day and change it the next!! Our Laws protect People everyday, this is no different, in the safeguarding and wellbeing of any student!!

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    • Andrew Hull CHATTANOOGA, TN
      • 11 months ago

      LGBT rights have become increasingly important to me since I began attending CCA. Some of my closest friends are gay, and I consider CCA to be something of a haven for those who may be oppressed for their sex or sexual orientation. Safeguarding this acceptance at an institution that houses people in crucial stages of their growth is a top priority. Art has and must continue to accompany progressive thinking. A school for the arts should be a dense concentration and emitter of such thought. Thus, it will serve as an example for other learning institutions.

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    • Jamie Anderson LA VERGNE, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      This is how the communication begins!

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    • Nathalie Orianne PIERREFONDS, QUEBEC, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Homosexuality is part of life. Gays should have the right to assemble and have their own groups, not just for support but for friendship.

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