The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 1, 2013

Readers' Forum 11-1 | Emphasize Christmas, not Halloween


JOHNSTOWN — Gay Straight club offers a safe haven

As a sister of a gay man and mother of a lesbian, I am writing to say that I wholeheartedly agree with Richland school board’s decision to allow a Gay Straight Alliance Club to be formed at the school.

Every school district should have one. These students need the support. Many are bullied and need the club as a safe haven. There is a very high incidence of suicide among these students. The club will give them a place to be themselves and to be accepted for who they are and (there will be) someone to talk to so they don’t feel all alone in this world.

Sometimes it takes one person to change things, and I applaud Casey Karon for having the courage to push for these changes.

Kathy Bold

Appleton, Wis.

Retired Teacher, Greater Johnstown School District


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