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Texas case puts kids, discrimination claims and gay rights in the spotlight

John Austin

May 17, 2018

Celburne Times Review - A North Texas school district says parents have a right to control classroom conversations about sexual orientation, but supporters of a teacher who wants her to return to her elementary-art classroom say administrators cratered to pressure and removed her because she’s gay.

The district said in a statement that, "Ms. Bailey insists that it is her right and that it is age-appropriate for her to have ongoing discussion with elementary-aged students about her own sexual orientation, the sexual orientation artist and their relationships with other gay artists."

Bailey's lawsuit counters the assertions, saying the district's statement contains "multiple falsehoods," but there are voices who say the controversy surrounding Bailey dramatizes a bigger point: the LGBT community's failure to gain legal equality.

"Most people are surprised that there are 28 states where you can be fired because you're gay," said Kyle C. Velte, a visiting assistant professor at Texas Tech University School of Law. "Texas doesn't have an anti-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation as a protected class.

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