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Gay Coach Fired over Two Goofy Photos

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According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Stein and his attorney are charging the school district with “discrimination based upon sexual orientation” and “wrongful termination in violation of public policy.” They claim that straight teachers who have posted questionable photos of themselves have not been fired and that other, more serious breaches of appropriate behavior have gone unpunished.

School and district administrators refuse to comment on a “personnel matter,” but they insist they have done nothing wrong and have no intention of changing their position.

The only way Stein can clear his name is to take the district to court. His fight is not about the money. The Los Angeles Times says he has “a lucrative and flexible job as a producer in the TV industry.” The lawsuit is about the treatment he and many other LGBT teachers endure because anti-gay sentiment is still so widespread.

For him to quietly accept the district’s unfair dismissal would send the wrong message to his daughter. It would also encourage those who continue to think the kind of blatant and ongoing discrimination experienced by LGBT people is acceptable.

Those of you who have read some of my previous posts on LGBT issues know where I stand on this. My granddaughter has two mothers. The thought that either of them or their daughter should ever have to endure this kind of unfair smearing is appalling to me.

It is the Mitch Steins of the world, who refuse to take on the ugly mantle tossed their way, who will clear away the vestiges of intolerance so that LGBT people can be judged by what actually matters, the quality of their character.

Watch this video of Mitch Stein talking about his dismissal with students at Citrus College, then weigh in on the issue, and sign the petition below.

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8:49AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Of course they won't comment because they are by now aware that they did something wrong. BTW, being a parent means that you got to raise your kids properly. If they don't behave as expected, don't blame the teacher. And don't retaliate by sending anonymous pictures either! That is so childish and just proves your child weren't brought up the right way. When Mr. Stein wins his case, you'll be the one standing there with your pants down and will have to try and explain to your family how your actions led to a great monetary loss for the school and a stamp of shame on them aswell.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Totally ridiculous. Old Facebook photos are certainly not something to make employment judgements upon. And Sharon R. as far as highly sexually oriented content goes, just listen in on the conversations of many infantry soldiers, football players, macho men and you will find that their sexual talk is just as highly sexually orientated in the words and demeanour taking place, not to mention adolescents.

7:00AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

that is so messed up;if that was me i would be suing those people!

10:57AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

yet another reason not to use facebook

10:57AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

yet another reason not to use facebook

3:36PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Maybe the coach just plain got fired for "Being Goofy"!

7:23PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Callie, great post with the URL. I had a good laugh too at at the ignorant one it was aimed at. :)

4:30PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Interesting.

12:44PM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED I AM NOT TOO HAPPY WITH FACEBOOK....I SEE SOME PHOTOS I WOULD NEVER PUT ONLINE.....PEOPLE DONT NEED TO PUT THEIR PARTYING ONLINE FIRST OF ALL BE MODERATE AND RESPECT YOURSELF...AS FAR AS STUFFING YOUR MOUTH WE ALL DO THAT AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER...HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN FIRED..IF THE KIDS DID NOT COME WITH THEIR REQUIRED PAPERWORK..THEY SHOULD HAVE WASHED CARS..I AM TIRED OF IRRESPONSIBLE KIDS TODAY.

7:11PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

@Dave W., since you're interested in hummingbirds, you might be interested in this article which discusses homosexual behavior in birds - including two different kinds of hummingbirds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_displaying_homosexual_behavior

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