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“I Support My Gay Friends”: Free Speech is Alive and Well in the Schools of the Florida Panhandle


by Richard Fossey — August 18, 2008

In Gillman v. School Board for Holmes County, a federal trial judge held that Heather Gillman, a Florida high school student, had a constitutional right to express her support for gay and lesbian rights while she is at school. The facts of the case, as the judge said himself, are extraordinary. In essence, the judge upheld the right of Florida high school students to express their support for gay and lesbian classmates over the opposition of a principal who was openly hostile to homosexuality and a school board that backed the principal’s position.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 18, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15349, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 12:47:22 PM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is a Professor and Senior Policy Researcher at the Center for the Study of Education Reform at the University of North Texas.
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