Lesbians Holding Hands Too Racy for a Yearbook?


Two students from Palmer High School, Colorado, say that they quit the yearbook staff, and two other members have since quit, after a school administrator demanded they remove a picture of two female students holding hands from the relationship page of the yearbook, this despite previous editions of the yearbook reportedly featuring much more overt shows of affection — only by straight couples.

Reports KRDO.com:

“She told me to in these exact words, you either cut the gay couple or I cut the page.” said former Palmer High School Yearbook Staff Member Rudolpho “Coco” Tribulio.

Tribulio and Anna Carmicheal say their yearbook advisor told them that a lesbian couple holding hands could not be on a page they were creating about high school relationships. A School District 11 spokesperson says there is another reason.

“When the photos came back from that page there was too much PDA and that is against Palmer policy,” said District 11 Public Information Officer Devra Ashby. If you look at pictures from last year’s yearbook, however, you can see several forms of public displays of affection.

“Regardless of any sort of situation inside the photograph. If theres too much PDA, it’s against policy. It’s going to get cut,” said Ashby.

The relationship page was then axed and replaced by a so-called diversity page, but that came with some heavy restrictions.

Students allege that the school administrator wanted “no names, only the labels,” saying that a child who identifies as Muslim would then have been labelled “Muslim.” This was to form a collage of students designed to show the diversity the school encourages.

There will be a collage of students in this year’s yearbook, but with no labeling.

Palmer High School was once the subject of an ACLU lawsuit after it denied children the right to form a Gay Straight Alliance, and then when challenged tried to create a two tier system to avoid giving the GSA full school resources or administrative backing. The school settled out of court and since the 2003 suit has made strides in promoting diversity.

You can watch a video interview with both students and staff at the school here.


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Imani Dial
Imani Dial5 years ago

and yes, we are lesbians

Imani Dial
Imani Dial5 years ago

This kind of makes me sad. My girlfriend and I were supposed to be on the relationship page of our yearbook too, but the entire yearbook got scrapped. Not the same circumstance, I know, but it still brings back a memory.

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

it'll come in time

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

give me a break...

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

then ALL photos with hugging OR kissing OR human contact should be cut also.. boys girls animals ect.

Miles Foster6 years ago

Good point, Perri! Hear! Hear!

Public displays of affection!? Look out! Is that the sky falling?

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia6 years ago

this brins me back to high school, when the gay/bi goth girls all hung out and when 2 of them got written up for kissing we all made a point to make out infront of security and the prinipal/vice prinipals and these girls agrued that they were being discriminated against since straight couples werent being written up. we made some waves but it was like the school knew that we werent to be messed with because shortly after that anyone who was kissing had something said to them

Tony C.
Tony C6 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others. It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught from LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. Children should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry or Algebra. They can learn this in college if needed. I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these principals I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations

Hillary K.
Hillary K6 years ago

good lord, still cannot believe in this day & age a pic of 2 women HOLDING HANDS is to be removed from a yearbook....ridiculous! Good on those kids walking out :) I applaud you

Gloria H.
Gloria H6 years ago

wow! why not label people "left handed?" "wears glasses" oh and this racy label-"human being".
In the tiny picture, I couldn't tell if the person in red was male or female anyway. Why not label who is pregnant too? Or "looks like a serial killer".
I dragged my high school year book around for decades and finally trashed the damned thing. Who wants to be reminded of mean girls, and when I was a fat chick?