Tennessee School Relents on "Gay" T-Shirts

By Julie Bolcer

Originally published on Advocate.com April 20 2010 9:05 AM ET

The Nashville-area high school that sent a student home earlier this month for wearing a t-shirt that said “I (Heart) Lady Gay Gay” has agreed to stop censoring clothing with gay messages.

According to The Chattanoogan, Greenbrier High School officials have given their assurances to the ACLU and Lambda Legal. The negotiations stemmed from an incident on April 5, when officials at the school in White House deemed that the T-shirt worn by Cole Goforth with a gay reference to pop singer Lady Gaga would be “disruptive.” The school also told the 15-year-old that he could not wear a T-shirt in support of marriage equality for the same reason.

“The ACLU said the student had long been subjected to daily anti-gay harassment at school, including threats of physical violence. Goforth was not only unable to get relief from the school, he was told by school employees that he had ‘brought [harassment] on himself by coming out [as gay],’” reports TheChattanoogan.

“The ACLU said the school will also provide training on its anti-bullying policy to staff and students ‘to ensure that it is clear that harassment of any student, regardless of sexual orientation, is not acceptable.’”