Out there in Missouri, Jesse Irey is a bisexual Liberty High School student who says that he was simply showing his support for equal rights for all when it was demanded of him to either change his offensive shirt or leave school.
His offensive shirt?
Fags Rule. Um, no, that wasn’t it.
Straight People Suck. Not it either.
His shirt said: “Queer + Str8 Equal”.
So, now Jesse and the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] are fighting back against what they say is illegal censorship by the school.
Jesse Irey says students wear all kinds of shirts with all kinds of sayings on them. In fact, one such shirt says that Liberty High School is a “Hate Free Zone.” So, then what’s so offensive about Jesse Irey’s shirt?
A Liberty High teacher and an assistant principal say the word “queer” is offensive.
Queer. But Jesse Irey says his use of the word ‘queer’on the shirt was an attempt to “take the word back so it’s not an offensive slur.” Irey is also upset that Liberty High School, that hate free zone, allowed other students to wear anti-gay shirts after the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance wore shirts that read ‘Gay-Fine by Me.’ Those shirts said, “Straight–the only thing fine by me.”
So, anti-gay is okay.
And pro-gay is okay.
But, queer. Bad.
That’s the message they’re sending.