Triumphs and Setbacks of Gay Straight Alliances

BY Jeffrey Hartinger

August 01 2011 6:40 PM ET

BOYD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL X390 (.EDU) | ADVOCATE.COM

1998: The ACLU, Lambda Legal, and NCLR, on behalf of the East
High Gay Straight Alliance, file a lawsuit against the Board of
Education of Salt Lake City for not allowing the gay rights group from
meeting on school property.

Update: In 2000, it was deemed
that the First Amendment rights of the students were violated and they
were given permission to meet. As a result, the Salt Lake City School
Board reversed its decision and all clubs — including GSAs — were
permitted to meet on campus. Years later, Disney's hit High School Musical was filmed at East High.

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