GET will be having a community meeting on Feb. 17. 6:30-8:30. Champlin Community Center.
12450 Gettysburg Ave. North.
After a lawsuit was filed in Federal court Friday, an agreement has been reached between the Anoka-Hennepin School district and two Champlin Park High School students who wanted to process as a lesbian couple in the Snow Days assembly. The girls may now march, and the third student will be allowed to choose who she will march with.
Read the joint press release from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the students, and the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
The Anoka Hennepin Gay Equity Team is pleased to learn that “The school district and its administrators and staff view this arrangement as an opportunity for ongoing conversation about school events and activities and for consideration of other ideas that will make our school communities inclusive and will enable us to realize the district-wide objective of honoring all students.”
First we would like to express our thanks to Justin Anderson, a graduate of Blaine High School and Alumni member of G.E.T., who demonstrated great courage in speaking at the press conference and school board meeting where he chose to share his personal experiences. In addition Dr Stephen Parker, Psychologist, spoke at the conference and the School board meeting in regard for the need for more to be done-Thank you.
We would also like to thank GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Bayard and members of the HRC board of Governors for flying in and standing with us to have this policy changed for the sake of students, faculty and families.
Most importantly, we would like to say thank you to the amazing number of community leaders, religious leaders from various denominations, teachers, parents, students, school board members, and press who took the time to stand with us, support us, share their stories, listen and learn why change needs to occur.
Our continued support and thanks goes out to Tammy Aaberg mother of Justin, for sharing her story of how her son was harassed for being gay in school and became a suicide victim. We reach out to their family and others in the district who have had their lives traumatized by bullying, harassment or suicide.
Finally thank you to the School Board and Superintendent for taking time to not only allow our members to speak but also,we feel, listen to what we had to say.
Welcome to G.E.T. !
We are the Anoka-Hennepin Gay Equity Team
We recognize that we can no longer support a policy of Neutrality that is silent as it relates to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) students in our School District where students are being harassed and bullied.
Seven students in the Anoka-Hennepin school district (Minnesota District 11) have taken
their lives by suicide in the past year. Our
concern is about the District 11 Anti-Bullying and Sexual Orientation Curriculum
Policies, which have contributed to creating unsafe learning environments for
students and staff in Anoka-Hennepin schools. The policies have lead to confusion, inconsistency and a hostile school climate, particularly for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). At least four of the student suicides have been linked to GLBT-related issues.
GET - Gay Equity Team
The Anoka-Hennepin Gay Equity Team (GET) is a grassroots organization of families, students, staff, alumni, community members, organizations, and faith communities committed to collaboratively creating a safe, affirming, welcoming, and empowering climate in the Anoka-Hennepin School District for all people regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.