He specifically wrote the show for Currelley, Pace and Reynolds. It won a richly deserved Suzi Award for lead actress Reynolds, who played bisexual Bessie Smith in the musical. He notes that in the gospel community, the performers seem to focus more on praising God than becoming the next Deena Jones. He currently heads up the music theater program at Northwestern University and has gigs lined up from the day after opening night here to the time Northwestern is back in session this fall. Said schedule has seen him stage several productions in New York, both on and off Broadway.
High school gays get a harsh lesson
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Instead of wilting, she sprang into action. She went home, started looking online and discovered gay-straight alliances GSA and researched exactly what she needed to do to start one at her school so that her and her friends could get some much-needed support. She reviewed school system policy, looked up federal laws and learned that students have a right to start GSAs in public schools. I believed somebody should have sponsored it and I was honored when she asked me to do it. So Shelby did what few year-olds, much less a year-old in her situation, would do and called a meeting with the principal and the school superintendent.
Georgia lawmakers scramble to restrict gay students' clubs
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The decision was cheered by the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case on behalf of the students in the club. After reluctantly allowing students at White County High School to form a GSA, the school district took the extraordinary step of purporting to shut down all noncurricular clubs in an effort to prevent the GSA from meeting. The ACLU brought a lawsuit against the school district in February , claiming that the school officials violated the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act, which requires schools to provide equal treatment to all noncurricular clubs.
A series of court battles in Boyd County, Kentucky highlights many of the First Amendment issues at stake. An analysis of these cases reveals that federal policies are adequate for balancing the opposing freedom of speech interests of gay and anti-gay students. However, the federal government is not omniscient, and cannot protect every student.