News A Homophobic Moment
posted by June 27 at 10:10 AMon
The school official that had a gay kiss blacked out of a yearbook in New Jersey has finally apologized—in person and for real—to the openly gay student whose “tribute page” was censored. Says Marion Bolden now…
“We have to own up to the fact that it was a homophobic moment. That’s what everybody’s afraid to say. There are sensitivity issues we need to talk about as a result of this.”
Marion Bolden offered written apology, which Andre Jackson heard about from reporters. He refused to accept it. When Bolden showed up at Newark’s East Side High on Tuesday and made an apology to a student assembly, and then met privately with Jackson, and he accepted her apology. Still…
During her public remarks, she said the picture of Jackson kissing his boyfriend was not appropriate for the yearbook and that, if it was to be removed, two pictures of heterosexual couples kissing should have been removed as well.
Jackson, who paid $150 for the page, and others noted that the yearbook was filled with pictures of the heterosexual couples kissing.
Jackson earlier told reporters that the yearbook incident revived tensions in his family about his sexuality, and his decision to come out.