Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Another kid gets fucked over by the Church

Liam Jameson
What? Am I impolite? Children are on the receiving end of bigotry is more impolite than I could ever be. Liam Jameson, who is gay, is one such child. He is the recipient of a Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship — $40,000 courtesy of the Eychaner Foundation. Dowling Catholic High School, will not permit Eychaner to present the scholarship in front of his fellow students at a special assembly this Thursday. 

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In an open letter to the school, Liam writes, in part:
I tried killing myself, more than once, stopping each time before I could get any further. I dreaded having to go to school the next day. I felt alone and afraid, just hoping for someone to notice me.
I vowed that no one should have to go through the experiences that I have, whether they are LGBT or not. So I decided that I would make an example of myself. I would be the person that I wished was there when I needed them the most . . . having a safe environment for LGBT students where they don’t feel the need to self-harm or commit suicide.
Not only did Liam support other students but he started a gay-straight alliance which is no simple task at a Catholic school. 

According to Eyechaner, “Matthew Shepard Scholarships are awarded to students with a reputation for honesty, integrity and community service, who respect themselves and others and who conduct themselves in such a way as to demonstrate moral and ethical leadership in their own lives and inspire others in kind.” The criteria include:
  • Graduating Iowa high school senior.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • ACT score of 22 or better.
  • Openly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer.
  • Demonstrable LGBTQ activism and community service.
  • High moral and ethical standards and conduct.
What often happens is that the educators are supportive until some bishop finds out about it. Some ambitious eunuch makes the decision to discriminate.

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