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She Voted to Fire a Gay Teacher. And Now the Gays are Boycotting Her Restaurant

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When we learned the manager of Los Angeles restaurant El Coyote donated to Prop 8, there was outrage and boycotts from gay clientele. In Oklahoma City, it’s Flip’s Wine Bar and Trattoria at the center of a new boycott. But this time because its co-owner, as a member of the Oklahoma City School Board, voted to fire an openly gay teacher. Well, that’s not gonna be good for business.

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Gail Vines (pictured), who owns a stake in Flip’s, joined five others on the board to oust Joe Quigley, an openly gay teacher at Northwest Classen High School (“Home of the Knights!”), who also started the school’s gay-straight alliance. Fired in May for “poor teaching,” Quigley countered with a complaint that he was fired for his sexuality, and a judge ruled he was competent to teach. The board appealed, but Quigley is back in the classroom at a different school while a judge weighs in on the appeal.

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But for now, supporters of Quigley (pictured) are boycotting Flip’s (Facebook page here) — and, according to Vines, calling in with harassing phone calls.

Except, uh, even Quigley sides with Vines in one respect, claiming he wasn’t fired for being gay — just for vociferously standing up for gay rights. (He hasn’t officially stated whether he supports the boycott or not.)

Further explains the Oklahoma blog Gossip Boy:

Flip’s co-owner Gail Vines, along with five other members of the OKC School Board (Steve Shafer, David Costello, Lyn Watson, Thelma Parks, and Phil Horning), openly defied an August court order that mandated the immediate reinstatement of gay school teacher Joseph Quigley, who a judge found had been wrongfully terminated and bias was involved in his firing. Despite the order from Judge Barbara Swinton, Vines and the others refused to allow Quigley back into the classroom. After Swinton threatened the board with contempt, the board relented and the teacher is back on the job for the time being.

Vines’ business was chosen as a boycott target due to her self-proclaimed support of the LGBT Community and the fact that other school board members lacked an actual business to challenge.

Meanwhile:

After the effects of the boycott began being felt by the restaurant, several of Vines’ employees, vendors, and friends began a counter boycott that saw several of them trashing the character of Quigley and his competency. Led by Chad Bleakley, the group began libeling Quigley on the Boycott Flip’s Facebook page and attempted to troll the board with their support for Vines and dismissal of the LGBT Community’s feelings.

Bleakley stated that if the Community is going to boycott Flip’s they would need to go ahead and boycott his restaurant VZDs. It appears the Community is ready to comply with that request.

In one of his posts he said, “This is a an issue of incompetence and lack of professionalism, not a gay rights issue. Quigley does an injustice to those seeking equal protection under the law playing the equivalent of the “race card”.”

The focus of Bleakley’s attack, Joe Quigley, is not a part of the boycott, but is being targeted by members of Bleakley’s group despite their assurances it is only to defend Vines. In October Quigley began working at US Grant High School. He chose to discontinue grievances against the district and concentrate on teaching. It is his hope that a resolution can be obtained that stops the district’s excessive legal spending and that will ultimately lead to a compromise that will see LGBT student protections in school policies.

It’s really as simple as this: If Quigley was a bad teacher, let him go. But presented with the evidence, a judge found otherwise. (It’s unclear what started an investigation into Quigley’s allegedly poor teaching practices.) But if he’s been ousted because he wants to foster a safe environment for queer students, then go ahead, boycott the shit out of those responsible for his removal.

(Video report here)

By:           editor editor
On:           Nov 19, 2009
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  • 6 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      This is the part of “Freedom of Speech” etc.. that the bigots HATE. They want to be able to spout any bigoted speech they want, but they will claim they are being attacked when gays excersize OUR rights to not eat in a restaurant owned by a bigot. So I hope the board member enjoyed her vote, (Sniff Sniff) Mmmm, is that the smell of fresh baked Bankruptcy I’m smelling coming out of her restaurant? Yummy!

      Nov 19, 2009 at 10:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • romeo
      romeo

      Despite a state law that prohibits discrimination against gay teachers, even here in LA, gay teachers mostly have to stay closeted because LA is mostly Latino and Black and the parents kick up such a ruckus that the school districts flip the teachers off and skirt the law in every underhanded way they can. I saw that over and over when I worked as a substitute for LA’s biggest public school district. In some respects it sounds like it’s more liberal in Oklahoma. Wow!

      Nov 19, 2009 at 11:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pariah
      Pariah

      Take the exact tack they take: stalk, cyber-bully and anonymously slander them all. It’s the only way to win any security when the bigots get started on their self-righteousness. Attack, Attack, attack, and bully to the boycott. Partnered to a cop and we went through this, including the cyberstalking. The law means nothing to the sheltered breeders when they don’t “get their way”. So gut ‘em. Assholes. He should get a case together for libel while he’s at it.

      Nov 19, 2009 at 11:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Keith Kimmel
      Keith Kimmel

      Yep, pretty much. This fight isn’t over though I don’t think. They’ll keep trying to crucify him.

      Nov 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from the results you know…

      Nov 19, 2009 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 10steps
      10steps

      Side topic, I would never eat in a restaurant designed to look like a morgue.

      Nov 19, 2009 at 8:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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