Gay Straight Alliances to Receive Courting Equality

Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays), at their annual meeting on Sept. 24th at 7 pm, will donate Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America’s First legal Same-Sex Marriages to all Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) in Massachusetts public schools and offer it to all public high school libraries. Lexington High School GSA will be present to receive the first copy.

PFLAG’s annual meeting will be at the Congregational Church of Needham, 1154 Great Plain Ave., Needham, MA 02492.

Greater Boston PFLAG worked tirelessly to assure marriage equality in MA. The organization believes that sharing the history of this important civil rights victory with high school students will encourage diversity and tolerance. Courting Equality shows how all people can fight for their rights in a democratic society.

The Lexington High School GSA was asked to accept the first book, because Lexington schools have been challenged over their commitment to diverse education. Article 8 Alliance and MassResistance, led by Brian Camenker, have taken the town to court for including books that recognize love between two people of the same gender in its curriculum.

Gay Lesbian Advocates and defenders (GLAD) will be filing a Friend of the Court brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Greater Boston PFLAG in support of Lexington town officials who have stood firmly in support of diversity and safe welcoming schools for children of all families.

Chip McLaughlin and Keith Maynard of Cambridge, who are pictured on the cover of Courting Equality, contributed funds to Greater Boston PFLAG to make the donation to each GSA and high school library possible.

The PFLAG annual meeting is open to the public. For more information and the agenda go to the PFLAG site.

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