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Texas Parents Upset by 'Segregated' Gym Class

Some parents in Sinton, Texas, hit the roof when they found out their kids' gym class at Smith Middle School was segregated. It's true. On Jan. 19, gym teacher Robert Mounts separated his students by eye color. The brown-eyed students started th...

Mom Says Math Homework is Racist

A middle-school math teacher is in the hot seat for including an image of a toothless black man on a homework sheet, and at least one parent is calling the illustration racist. The Courier Times in Bucks County, Pa., reports that the African-A...

Gay Kids Tell Their Stories in CRISIS

When I first started reading CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America, I did not expect any great revelations. Having grown up in San Francisco to become an outspoken supporter of e...

Dad not welcome in mom's club

If we had the financial wherewithal to allow it, I would love to be a stay-at-home dad. I would spend my days helping out at the kids' schools, taking them on all kinds of adventures, and, yes, getting together with other parents and kids for copious...

Grandma too young for Toys R Us discount

When it comes to being a grandparent, is there an age limit? According to Toys R Us there is -- it's 50 years old. When the toy giant put out a new coupon that gave grandparents the right to spoil their grandkids at the store -- to the tune of 20% of...

Engaged and underage

As you may be aware, MTV has a show on the air called Engaged and Underage. Now in its second season, the show follows young couples headed down the aisle--couples family and friends think are too young to be doing so. Last year's season introduce...

Adoption site: no gays allowed

Making the choice to adopt requires a big commitment. You really have to be prepared and know what you're getting into. It's not something that can happen by accident or in the heat of the moment. In New York, you can even get certified as "Qualified...

The myth of gender bias in school

You know that old saying about the glass being half full? Well, for some time now, speculation has been that when that glass is half full for girls, it's half-empty for boys. Ever since the passing of Title IX, which bans discrimination in educatio...

Principal outs his students

Here in San Francisco, being a gay high school student may not be the easiest path, but it is certainly not as dangerous as in other areas of the country. There are, sadly, places where simply being gay can -- and does -- lead to harassment, assault,...

Teacher claims to be impaired by baldness

An former art teacher in Scotland with a less-than-full head of hair claims his 'condition' led to taunts and bullying by his students. The kids called him 'baldy' and this, he says, made it impossible for him to do his job. He says his lack of hair ...

Kindergartner suspended for haircut

Ellie and I were in the grocery store yesterday when we passed a guy with a rather unusual haircut. It wasn't exactly a mohawk, but gave the impression of a mohawk. A moment later, Ellie told me about a kid in her class who got a mohawk haircut. It w...

Teen girls too pretty to fly?

Aren't those girls you see here very attractive? I think so and so do they. In fact, they think their beautiful faces and are the reason they got into so much trouble on a Southwest Airlines flight on Valentine's Day. Nisreen Swedberg and her friend ...

Law lets boys and girls share locker rooms?

When I was in college, I had a locker in the women's locker room for a few semesters. No, I wasn't a cross-dresser nor have I since had a sex change operation. I was one of the more advanced fencers and, as such, had a locker at the top of the stairs...

Boy scouts get the bill for discrimination

Remember the Cradle of Liberty Council of Boy Scouts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? The third largest group of scouts in the country, they have enjoyed the use of city-owned property as their headquarters for nearly 80 years. That, however, was befor...

Overweight kids stigmatized by everyone - including their parents

A new analysis of 40 years of research on youth weight bias reveals that overweight children as young as 3 years old are stigmatized not only by their peers, but by their parents and teachers as well. According to researchers, all that negative atten...

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