Homo More on Anti-Gay School Officials/Yearbook Photo Censors
posted by June 24 at 9:46 AMon
The New York Times has a piece today about Andre Jackson. He’s the New Jersey high school student that I wrote about yesterday. A picture of Jackson kissing his boyfriend was blacked out of East Side High’s yearbook by school officials that felt it was “illicit.” Yesterday’s story in a New Jersey paper mentioned that photos of straight students kissing made it into the yearbook, but it didn’t describe them. Well, the NYT does. Not only were the photos of straight students more explicit—excuse me, “illicit”—one was on the page facing Jackson’s picture.
The yearbook includes several photos of heterosexual couples embracing and kissing. On the page immediately opposite Mr. Jackson’s, a young man and a young woman kiss on a couch, his hand on her leg as she sits on his lap.
Yesterday school officials claimed that they were unaware that there were pictures of straight kids making out in the yearbook, as they “had only been presented” with Jackson’s picture. Hard to see how they missed that picture on the facing page. Back to the NYT:
The decision to blot out the photo was made by Marion A. Bolden, the Newark Public Schools superintendent. Ms. Bolden said that an assistant superintendent had alerted her to the picture on Thursday afternoon. “I thought that the photo was suggestive,” Ms. Bolden said.
Indeed it was. The photo “suggested” that gay students exist, and that’s what Ms. Bolden wanted to erase from East Side High’s yearbook. The law in New Jersey suggests—no the law states, and states emphatically—that gays and lesbians have equal rights.
Andre Jackson is planning to attend Berkeley College in the fall. It sounds to me like he’s going to have all the money he needs for tuition.