Student Who Challenged School’s Gay Gag Rule Speaks Out (VIDEO)


One of six students who went to court to challenge Annoka Hennepin School District’s former gay gag rule has released an inspiring video explaining why she felt she had to take action.

Hear Ebonie Richardson talk about how she and others were bullied and called names and how she felt that the schools “neutrality” policy on not affirming homosexuality left her open to harassment and physical attacks without hope of school officials taking appropriate action.

In early March the school district settled the federal suit and the federal investigation over the school district’s policy.

In the agreement, the school district entered into a consent decree that “recognizes the District’s continuing commitment to addressing and preventing harassment of all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming students and those perceived as such in district schools.”

You can read more about this and what else the District agreed to here.

The policy itself was replaced last month with a policy designed to generate “a respectful learning environment in which teachers facilitate student discussions of contentious topics in a balanced and impartial manner.”

Despite the settlement the School District still maintains that it did nothing wrong and that it acted appropriately when instances of bullying arose.


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Michelle Gump
Michelle Gump5 years ago

That is so brave I am not gay myself but I have Gay, Bi, and Transgender friends and I would rather be around them than many straight people because they are real. My friends brother is Gay and he is awesome and we were all at a superbowl party and my friend said something was Gay so I took him aside and said "That is not cool Steve is gay you probably just hurt him now go apologize", so he did. I think more needs to be done to educate about intolarance like the Be A Star alliance through the WWE and GLAAD are doing you can join like I did through Facebook or any of thier websites.

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin5 years ago

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights.

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

Robert Ludwig
Robert Ludwig5 years ago

Good for you Ebonie and all the others that took a stand for justice and fair treatment.

s. ryan
p. q5 years ago


Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

Good for those students!! Our children are in school to get an education and bullying is not to be tolerated for ANY reason!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

Way to go Ebonie--stick up for your rights!
Obviously, this narrows-in on gay right, but the fact is that children need to be taught respect and acceptance for all. As someone here has already said, "noone should be bullied at any age, for any reason"--that about says it all, I think.

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Thank you Ebonie for standing up to the biggest bully of them all, the Anoka Hennepin School District itself! You're a brave young woman and you have a bright future ahead of you!

Mary L.
Mary L5 years ago

Don't give up the fight Ebonie!

Bruce H.
Bruce H5 years ago

How many kids have been bullied because they "appear" to be gay or lesbian? It just doesn't cut it. No one should be bullied at any age for any reason. As long as I'm not harming you or interfering with you, what I do is none of your business. This isn't about the so called Gay Agenda, it's about respect and decency.

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell5 years ago

Ebonie and the other students are very brave. I am so glad that they spoke out