To the editor:

In regard to the statement in May 17’s Eagle editorial that “followup [on the reaction to a derogatory word in a school production of the musical ‘Shrek’] should be left to capable education professionals,” I participated in the statewide Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students, undertaken as a result of additions to the state anti-discrimination law, from 1995-2000. With state funding, the leadership of the state Department of Education and the participation of state chapters of PFLAG (the United States’ first and largest organization uniting families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer), parents, gay and lesbian youth and allies participated in speaking engagements in schools across the state. We also provided concrete resources

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