Sunday, February 7, 2010

Comments on Policy JHF

Board of Education

Superintendent of Schools

Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools

Office of the Superintendent of Schools

 

Re:  Comments on Policy JHF

 

Dear Honorable Members of the Board of Education and Superintendent:

 

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) submit these comments regarding Policy JHF, Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation.  In order to combat the hostility against the ex-gay community in the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS), positive mention of ex-gays must be included in all professional development for teachers and administrative staff on Policy JHF. 

 

While distributing informative flyers to students and urging tolerance for sexual orientation, PFOX was harassed by several teachers.  For example, Derrick Ryan, a Wootten High School teacher, warned PFOX and the ex-gay community to stay out of MCPS.  Mr. Ryan also compared PFOX to the Ku Klux Klan.  His email to PFOX is set forth below:

 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Ryan, Derrick K" <Derrick_K_Ryan@mcpsmd.org>

To: <pfox@pfox.org>

Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 1:11 PM

 

Regina,

As a gay teacher I am appalled by your organization. Remember, HOMOPHOBIA is the problem for gay-related issues, NOT being gay. I hope you take a long look in the mirror one day and realize that you have no scientific information to back up anything you do. I can't believe you would think a person can change their sexuality. Can a white person turn black? I don't think so. STAY OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS AND LEAVE OUR CHILDREN ALONE!

Derrick K. Ryan
Spanish Teacher
Wootton High School
Spanish III Honors & IV
Co-sponsor: Gay-Straight Alliance & National Spanish Honor Society
Rockville, MD
__________________________________________________________________

 

From: "Ryan, Derrick K" <Derrick_K_Ryan@mcpsmd.org>
>To: <staff@mcpscurriculum.org>
>Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2007 16:48:05 +0000
>
>Yes, it is called Freedom of Speech unless it is hate-based and you people are
>sadly full of only that, hate.
>
>You say we are not being "tolerant" of ex-gays... and PFOX says it is not
>anti-gay...yet you people seem to HATE anything and everything that has to do
>with the way God wanted gay people.
>
>SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE...READ THE US CONSTITUTION!

>You people are like the KKK but only in the form of religion...you should be
>ashamed of yourselves! Only God has the right to judge others, not other people.
>
>Derrick K. Ryan
>Spanish Teacher
>Wootton High School
>Spanish III Honors & IV
>Sponsor: Gay-Straight Alliance &
>Nat ional Spanish Honor Society
>Rockville, MD

>Derrick_K_Ryan@mcpsmd.org
>www.mcps.k12.md.us
>www.concordialanguagevillages.org
>(summer language-learning program!)
>
>"Without teachers, <BR> no other profession would exist." >

 

Mr. Ryan’s discriminatory behavior demonstrates a vital need for the inclusion of ex-gays in all staff training on Policy JHF.  Derrick Ryan’s religious condemnation of ex-gays and anyone who disagrees with his viewpoint further demonstrate the essential need for ex-gay inclusion. 

 

Teachers who promote this type of bigotry and hatred against the ex-gay community should not participate in the implementation of the policy.  Students are not safe in an environment where harassment and intimidation are allowed to thrive without repercussion. 

 

Inclusion of ex-gays should also extend to all intervention efforts in the development of Policy JHF and any student involvement in anti-bullying training. PFOX asks to be included as a community organization in implementing strategies for supporting children and providing anti-bullying resources for youth. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays

PFOX

 

 

 

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Fort Wayne to consider transgender protections

Posted: Feb 07, 2010 11:14 AM EST Updated: Feb 07, 2010 11:15 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Fort Wayne is preparing for a debate over whether the city should add protections for transgender people to its anti-discrimination ordinance.

Democratic city council member Karen Goldner is expected to introduce a proposed amendment in the coming week aimed at preventing or punishing discrimination based on "gender identity."

She says transgendered people and those with unconventional sexual identities are often victims of hate crimes.

The council passed an ordinance in 2001 barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Bloomington's city council in 2006 unanimously approved a measure adding protections for transgender people to the city's human rights ordinance. The Indianapolis City-County Council also has approved similar protections.