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A Small Town, Straight Highschooler Stands Up To Her Principal In Support Of LGBT Rights

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An update on the Gay Marriage USA’s Facebook page told the surprising story of a Morgan, an 18-year-old, straight senior from Sundown Texas, who felt that what her school was doing to her was an act of discrimination that she wasn’t going to lay down for.

Earlier this week, Morgan was planning to take her portrait for her yearbook’s superlative award, “Most Political.” However, when she decided to use the issue of TIME magazine with a photograph of two women kissing on the cover, the yearbook photographer and her male counterpart both refused to take the photo. The dispute was over the two women kissing and not wanting to discuss gay rights. An issue that the principal later sided with the yearbook staff on, telling Morgan it was not something to be “discussed at the school.”

“I decided that it was not in my best interest to use either of those options, but rather to stand up for my right to use the copy of TIME magazine that I had chosen,” she wrote in a later to Gay Marriage USA.  “After school I couldn’t get any of this off of my mind, and I realized that the issue was no longer about the magazine and photo but about the discrimination my school was holding against the LGBT community and the infringement of basic constitutional rights.”

The following day, she decorated her locker in protest of the discrimination. However, it was not long before the principal pulled down Morgan’s decorations and she was in his office defending her actions. Eventually Morgan’s mother was called and she quickly came to her daughter’s side.

“My mom and I quickly argued our case, giving reasons why the treatment I was receiving wasn’t fair and calling him out for discriminating against me and the LGBT community,” Morgan explained. “After all of this argument he still wouldn’t budge so my mom and I threatened to call a gay rights organization so that everybody could learn about the discrimination being practiced at my high school.”

Rather than face unwanted media attention, the principal finally agreed to let Morgan use the TIME cover of her choice. In a small town of only 1,300 people, it seems that Morgan struck a nerve, surprising many in her town. However, she leaves for Denton University in the fall and will continue stand up for LGBT rights and marriage equality because “it’s not just a matter of gay rights but it’s a matter of human rights.”

The reason she wrote the letter was to “get the word out about this story and hopefully add a hand to the movement to stop sexual orientation/gender identification discrimination at schools in Texas.” And that she has, being a small but proud voice, helping to change the minds of others.

The full story went viral this afternoon, getting the likes and shares from nearly 10,000 people. To like it or share it, visit Facebook.

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By:           Stacy Lambe
On:           May 3, 2013
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  • 7 Comments
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      What an awesome girl!

      May 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38
      Scribe38

      She is so cool! I wish her all the best.

      May 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      This sounds like a typical jerk who only graduated from college by personal mentoring. When he went out to teach, they found he couldn’t teach; so they hired him as coach/teacher and then found out he couldn’t coach or teach; so the School Board talked him into getting his Master’s Degree in Education Admin (Masters in A** Ki**ing) and made him their School Administrator! Any idea why education is going down a second-hand flusher?? Read the results. Best wishes to Morgan… she will be a very successful individual in the world! (Take this story from a 50+ year teacher, who retired also as an ordained Baptist minister in hospital/hospice Chaplaincy. (I got both the badges and the scars, lolol!).

      May 4, 2013 at 1:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv
      Merv

      She has a lot more courage than I had at that age, or even now.

      May 4, 2013 at 1:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Richard
      Richard

      Thank you, Morgan! Good luck in college. Run for office.

      May 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pantherman007
      Pantherman007

      Courageous girl. Plz check the facts, though. I bet she’s going to the University of North Texas located in Denton, TX – not Denton University.

      May 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      Thank you, Morgan! We need valuable straight allies like you.

      May 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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