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Student writes about LGBT rights in Clovis

The Sunday, May 1 rally in Clovis, N.M.
Courtesy of Albuquerque Pride President Jesse Lopez
The Sunday, May 1 rally in Clovis, N.M.

Clovis High School’s Purple Press was unable to run editor James Walker’s report about another student trying to start a Gay-Straight Alliance. So the Alibi published Walker’s story online.

Steven De Los Santos turned in an application for the club in late February, according to Walker’s story. The Alliance was approved, but then Principal Wayne Marshall changed his mind and decided to send the request along to the superintendent.

The Clovis School Board voted to ban all non-curricular clubs from meeting on campus during school hours or using school resources to spread the word about meetings.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico got involved and demanded the Gay-Straight Alliance be approvedeven as a non-curricular club. Albuquerque Pride, the state’s largest LGBT organization, drove down to Clovis to hold a demonstration. Last week, the Alliance was given the green light.

Student editor Walker’s article also addresses other LGBT concerns in Clovis.

V.20 No.18 | 5/5/2011
Steven De Los Santos addresses a crowd of demonstrators from around the state who gathered in Clovis, N.M., on Sunday, May 1.
Courtesy of Jesse Lopez

Web Feature

Clovis’ LGBT Struggle

Students seek Gay-Straight Alliance

Starting a new club at Clovis High School is usually a routine process: Fill out forms, get approval from the administration, find members and establish meetings. All of this seemed to be going well for Steven De Los Santos, who spearheaded a Gay-Straight Alliance at Clovis High Schooluntil administration postponed approval.

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