By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com January 10 2012 6:34 PM ET
The mayor of Troy, Mich., who landed in hot water for her antigay comments on Facebook in June, is sparking more controversy at a local high school.
During a discussion at Troy High School about establishing a bullying and suicide prevention forum, Mayor Janice Daniels said she wanted to invite "a panel of psychologists who would testify that homosexuality is a mental disease," student Skye Curtis told the Detroit Free Press. Curtis, 17, is a co-president of the school's Gay-Straight Alliance.
Daniels said she reviewed her statements through her own recording of the meeting and that her comments were misconstrued by Curtis. She declined to replay the tape for the Free Press, but she said she was inferring to the "higher incidence of [overall] disease in the homosexual community."
Curtis said she wanted to invite the mayor to the bullying forum, but after the encounter, she and her co-president, Zach Kilgore, are not so sure.
"We brought up the fact that, if we're trying to have an event about suicide prevention, we shouldn't really be telling kids they have a mental disease," Curtis said. "I don't want my freshmen hearing that."