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Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

Sex Ed, AIDS, Anti-Bullying Mandates Dodged

BY ANDY HUMM | Requirements from the city and state that the public schools address bullying, teach about AIDS and sex, and integrate LGBTQ issues into that curriculum have been passed with great fanfare over the years, but implementing these mandates has fallen well short, according to a recent survey of students by youth activists […]

LGBT New Yorkers Will Now Be Counted by City

LGBT New Yorkers Will Now Be Counted by City

BY ANDY HUMM | Under three new laws, New York City is now obligating its agencies and contractors to collect much more specific data on those who use their services, including whether they are LGBT. “Now we count,” said out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, author of Intro 552-A that requires a range […]

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

City Schools Finally Get Coordinator on LGBT Issues  

BY ANDY HUMM | The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has just appointed Jared Fox, an out gay educator, as LGBT community liaison, a position for which LGBT education activists have been agitating for more than three decades. “I have a huge sense of urgency,” Fox told Gay City News. “We’re trying to make […]

De Blasio Won’t Back His Chancellor on Dangers of Worship in Schools

De Blasio Won’t Back His Chancellor on Dangers of Worship in Schools

BY ANDY HUMM | In comments on April 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio continued on a path toward keeping regular Sunday worship services in public schools, despite a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld a longstanding Department of Education (DOE) ban on such services. The mayor’s opposition to the policy that the court said the […]

Firing Too Steep a Penalty for Lesbian Classroom Sex

Firing Too Steep a Penalty for Lesbian Classroom Sex

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A state appeals panel has ruled that the city’s Department of Education should not have fired two female teachers alleged to have engaged in sexual activity in a darkened, otherwise empty classroom one evening while a musical program was taking place elsewhere in the school. In a pair of decisions issued […]

Department of Education Issues New Transgender Guidelines

Department of Education Issues New Transgender Guidelines

BY ANDY HUMM | After decades of dragging its feet on LGBT inclusion, the New York City public schools –– the nation’s largest school district –– took two big public steps forward in recent weeks in tandem with a hearing in the City Council Education Committee led by its new chair, Daniel Dromm, a veteran out […]