The ACLU-NCLF was contacted by the National Conference for Community and Justice in Charlotte, an organization working with youth to help them start diversity clubs and Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs). Several students who attend high school in Rowan County have been trying to start a GSA club in their high school but have been running into problems with the school administration. Additionally, the Rowan County School Board unanimously passed a motion on April 10, 2006, to "to adopt a board policy to ban all sexually oriented clubs, gay/straight or otherwise, and to address any student emotional issues concerning the above with our guidance counselors, if the creation would materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school." However, largely because of concerns raised by the ACLU-NC, the policy is still in the drafting/revision stages and is not yet scheduled for consideration at a school board meeting. We are working hard to kill this homophobic, discriminatory and illegal measure once and for all. On June 23, 2006, the ACLU-NCLF sent letters to all principals of Rowan County high schools as well as the school superintendent, informing those school officials that the Equal Access Act requires the schools to permit the students to form these clubs. The Act specifically provides that a school cannot deny equal access to student activities because of the “religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings.”

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