by GLAAD | 1.17.19
LGBTQ students are once again being targeted at their schools – but this time, it’s by America’s Second Lady Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, and the Immanuel Christian School, where she is a teacher. According to news reports, the Ms. Pence will teach art classes at the school, which professes that “Homosexual acts and lifestyles are clearly perversion and reprehensible in the sight of God.”
The news follows a disturbing report that found LGBTQ students – specifically transgender and gender nonconforming students – increasingly experience more hostile climates at their schools. The arts are too often a safe haven for students who are coming to terms with their sexual orientation or gender identity. We must protect their safety and well-being.
Sign this petition and demand that Karen Pence and Immanuel Christian School protect LGBTQ students from unfair discrimination. Because let’s face it, the world’s most profound and impactful art wouldn’t have been made possible if it weren’t for LGBTQ people.
Written by GLAAD
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Ms. Pence's personal religious views and any school administrator's personal religious views should be kept out of the classroom. School is for learning facts, reason, science, NOT TO INCITE HATE AND DIVISION THROUGH RELIGIOUS INDOCTRINATION. This leads to the greatest rifts in our society and CAUSES SELF HARM AND SUICIDE for LGBT children. All of you have blood on your hands.
I am a white, semi entitled straight male. I would rather be locked in a room with 1000 LGBTQ people than spend 1 minute on a park bench next to anyone from the Pence family. I may feel uncomfortable seeing public displays of gay affection but I am much more uncomfortable seeing or hearing Pence and their ilk spew their vile filth dressed up as religion and Christianity. Pence's wife teaches art to children. I am guessing nobody has told her that the vast majority of the worlds greatest artists were/are GAY ! To dress up their bigotry and hatred with the word "Christian" is what is most offensive about these sad excuses for people.
I signed because I don’t believe in discrimination for ANY reason.
It is a stain on our society that we have a Second Lady that is “excited” about teaching at a school that excludes children and teachers based on their sexuality. All people are worthy of an education and/or worthy of the opportunity to teach. Exclusion based on your personal beliefs is nothing more than bigotry no matter how much you try to wrap it in religion.
LGBTQ kids deserve respect and understanding. They are growing beings, we need to nurture them and show them they matter.
I'm sick of this bigoted, hateful administration.
Working for an intitution that supports open discrimination of LGBT students, faculty and supporting an institution prohibiting sexual relationships outside of marriage is not a democratic way and shows personal support by choosing to be employed there.
Extremist Christians are our own native Taliban. They don't care about anything as much as they want ALL Americans to have to obey their religion's rules regardless of personal religious beliefs. Religious freedom in America is only for Christians because they are such an oppressed majority.
Children are extremely susceptible to small rejections; including teaching them that different is bad!
Karen Pence represents discrimination and hate. Sign in order to send her the message that hate is not tolerated in the U.S.
Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. Appalling that the second lady chooses to be such a bigot.
Because we should not be using religion to bash people. This goes against what god says.
Making hate ok and an expectation is beyond reprehensible. The Pences are not showing themselves to be Christian in any way.
Bigotry does not need to be in any school in any city in the US.
America is a country by the people, for the people. That means all of us.
Discrimination just won’t do. LGBT people, youth especially, need to know that we support them, and it is totally wrong for grown adults to discriminate against them. C’mon, y’all should know better.
Our leaders need to understand that our country strength lies in its diversity. Respect of the LGBTQ community and the contribution they bring is central to our country and to who we are as people.
Respecting human rights are a vital part of our Americanism. I am ashamed to have a vice-president and second lady that would condóne such discriminatory behavior...shame on you and do not forget, it is our right to free speech as well as our right to criticize your deplorable behavior, we DO pay your salary which means you work for us, not just conservative Christians but also the left and the LGTB community as well. Quit your job, Karen, and be truly Christian by not judging your fellow man.