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Dan Savage: Teacher Who Said Gays Have No Purpose In Life ‘Should Be Fired’

by David Badash on February 12, 2013

in Education,News

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Dan Savage says Diana Medley, the Indiana high school special needs teacher who said gays have no purpose in life, “should be fired.” Medley was speaking to a local Sullivan County NBC affiliate about a group of parents and students who are trying to hold a separate prom that would officially ban gay people from attendance.

WTWO reported:

“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them. It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason,” said Madley.

“‘So the same goes for gays? Do you think they have a purpose in life?’ No I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t. I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re chosing [sic] God,” said Medley.

“Yeah, yeah: she believes her gay students are going to hell,” Savage on Monday wrote, adding, “she believes being gay is a sinful choice, she’s happy to be the public face of an effort to create prom that bans her gay students, and she doesn’t think her gay students serve any purpose in life—but, you know, Medley cares about her gay students. She cares so much.

Savage, who is the co-creator of the It Gets Better project, also wrote, “now we know that this bigot is actually interacting with gay students and may be doing them real harm.”

Diana Medley should be fired.

Sign the petition calling for her dismissal and send an email to Mark Baker, the superintendent of the Northeast School Corporation and Diana Medley’s boss. Tell him to fire Diana Medley.

Of course, Medley should be counseled and the superintendent should determine if she is capable of keeping her anti-gay opinions out of the school environment. She poses a serious emotional threat to any LGBTQ student, and it would be best for everyone if she resigned. Fired? If it’s determined she’s creating or has created a hostile environment for these kids, then yes.

Any adult in a position of power of minors needs to be careful they don’t abuse their position and poison the minds of kids, especially LGBTQ kids, who suffer depression, homelessness, and attempt suicide at rates far greater than their heterosexual peers, exactly because of attitudes like Medley’s.

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danielwalldammit February 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

…when Christian 'love' means 'condescension'.

A_Sane_Lunatic February 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

So people don't even bother trying to educate people like her now? These days It seems like all it takes for someone to lose their job is one unpopular opinion. Wouldn't it make more sense to gain a new ally by showing them why their actions and words are harmful to others? An ally is a powerful agent for positive change indeed, but wouldn't it be more impressive if those allies were people who saw the errors of their ways, because they represent hope and people can relate to them better?

cipher February 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

And how would you go about educating her? Are you going to refer her to the opinions of the American Psychiatric and Psychological Associations? Show her abstracts from studies indicating a physiological foundation for sexual orientation? She has no respect for legitimate science; if she needs to know anything, she just asks her pastor. He wouldn't lie to her; he's a man of God!

There is no reasoning with these people. The only solution is to marginalize them and discourage them from reproducing.

chassagne February 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I doubt she was born an intolerant ignorant bigot – THAT is a trait that is chosen. Sexual orientation is not chosen and it is only benighted so-called Christians – fundamentalist especially, who continue to maintain that is is a choice – what are they afraid of anyway?

teddrio December 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I love you, Dan Savage!

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