"I see by the papers" that in spite of the efforts of those who organized and participated in the Unity Fest that you are still taking issue with the event. Perhaps you fail to realize that the GSA at Palmer (Now the GSTA [Gay-Straight-Trans Alliance]) has worked tirelessly to embrace tolerance and NOT have their 'sexual preferences up each other's noses.' At the same time the club has worked to promote anti-bullying of all types at school, regardless of race, gender, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, physical and mental abilities or disabilities. Embracing gays and lesbians is embracing humans - and if one chooses NOT to embrace other human beings - well then that is fine - but the GSTA does not shun anyone - in fact they are a welcoming group of students -as are all of Palmer students.
When the lawsuit with D-11 was settled in 2005, ALL student led clubs were promoted and allowed to form - including "The Forge" a club devoted to prayer and discussion of Christianity. As also noted the Fellowship of Christian Athletes also now exists at the school - as does a Korean Club, an Eco Club, Masque and Sandal (drama), National Honor Society, MESA (math and engineering), and a national honor society for social studies; among dozens of student led clubs. What you may feel to realize is that schools are doing what they can to insure that students feel connected to the school - because students who feel a connection with the school tend to be more successful.
I treasure the fact that students with a variety of opinions are welcomed at Palmer High School. There are those that choose to embrace lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, questioning, straight, tall, short, skinny, over-weight, black, white, Hispanic, hearing-impaired, blind, autistic, developmentally challenged, rich, poor, Christian, Muslim, Jew, agnostic, atheist and everyone in between. Palmer embraces those who hold contrary opinions - even those that may be ill-informed.
I have taught at Palmer for the past 24 years, and I am a proud co-sponsor of the GSTA, and I volunteer for the Pikes Peak Safe@Schools Coalition. I am the proud parent of one alumni of Palmer and a current student at Palmer. The CSHS/PHS Alumni Hall of Fame boasts some of the cities most influential people including doctors, lawyers, nationally known scholars, scientists, educators, local politicians and civil rights pioneers. One can look at the pictures of the members of the alumni hall of fame and one can see great diversity. Frankly schools are far more inclusive today than they were 30 years ago - especially in Colorado Springs. Though one can look through old yearbooks of Colorado Springs High School/William J. Palmer High School and find that there was inclusiveness that goes back well over 135 years. As the sign above the old Cotton Club in Colorado Springs owned by Hall of Fame Member Fannie Mae Duncan, used to say "Everybody Welcome." That's hardly shoving anything up anyone's nose.
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