Ohio County High School Student Fights for Gay Straight Alliance

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

18 year old avid photographer Clyde Calloway is the president of the school choir and a member of the drama club and Kentucky School of the Arts.

The most recent organization he's joined is the Gay Straight Alliance.

"A lot of people have joined," Clyde explains. "At first, I was skeptical of what people might think. Now, you see how many people are in there. I feel more open than before."

"Kids need to be taught tolerance to other people, whether it be sexual orientation or color or nationality," says Clyde's mother, Deborah Calloway. "It has to be now."

The group has been at Ohio County High for weeks, but only recently did the majority of the student body find out about its existence.

Clyde says that GSA placed a bulletin board in a school hallway meant for poetry and artwork, but he says threats were posted instead.

"There was a threat made that at the next meeting, a gun would be brought," says Deborah.

"When we put it up, we kinda knew some people would like it, some people wouldn't," adds Clyde. "We put that into consideration, so we were pretty calm about it."

"The principal of the high school made a statement to my son that perhaps this school isn't ready for this yet," Deborah recalls.

But according to Clyde, closing this organization isn't an option.

"If it's one thing I've learned in life, it's don't let people get you down about stuff. Be strong and if it's something you really believe in, keep behind it until the end," says Clyde.

"I raised him not to judge other people and he's just carrying that on," Deborah concludes. "I'm very proud of him," Deborah concludes.

School officials at Ohio County High have declined to comment on the Gay Straight Alliance.

Clyde adds that the organization has grown to 50 members since it began several weeks ago.

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  • by robert Location: OCHS on Feb 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    well OCHS has a GSA now but it is curently having issues
  • by Karen Stewart Location: Green Bay WI on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    I'm a 1968 graduate of Ohio County High School. It needs a gay-straight alliance, or SOMETHING! There needs to be understanding at all levels, but there has not been any at any level. That the principal would suggest that the school "isn't ready for this yet." is offensive. When, pray tell will the school be ready? I've been away from there for 43 years. Does nothing ever change?
  • by me Location: ohio county on Jul 1, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    I am surprised that they didnt see this coming, I think it is easy to see that this is no different than religion. you do whats right for you but dont push your beliefs on others. however this is ohio county so when you step back and take a look this is the smallest of problems
  • by Elizabeth Location: DAVIES cOUNTY on May 26, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    Cont. Let us be the better people no matter who we are and start lending a helping hand feeding the hungry being there for those who have no one and stop ridiculing those who have made choices beyond our own beliefs. In closing i would also like to say no one should strip any one of a right to express our selves whether that be with the 10 commandments or GSA. But expressing our sleves tastfully now that may be an issue to deal with. Come on people be true to your self dont disrespect your self no matter whether your gay straight or what ever.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Davies county on May 26, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    What do you do when the friend or family member or even co-worker decides to finally "come out". What can you do? Love them no matter what i supose. You certantly can not ridicule them or belittle them, thats not the christian thing to do either. Can you call them out about their personal issues their past and the way they were raised, come on now david that does not seem to be very christian like either, at the same time how can you call your self a follower if you are promoting what the good book has stood against for so many years. What do we do world? What do we do? This is petty I have a few family members that have chosen to be gay, i do not accept it nor do i put them down, instead I pray like my lord request that i do. We have to much other corruption going on in this world let us not turn our heads at this issue but at the same time why devote so much energy to either we shall all be judged some day let the good lord do what is nesscary.
  • by courtney Location: beverdam ky on Apr 20, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    i think that this club is a good thing i think that everone is excual in there on way i am not guy but i have friend that are and i woulnt want them any other why i think that people need to wake up and relize that this is what the world is coming to and they need to learn to live with it and get use to it becuse its noy going to get better
  • by luis Location: houston on Feb 4, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    i think tahat this is a good way to make other people feel secure and that they are not the only peoPLE in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Amber Location: Mt. Orab, Ohio on Nov 19, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    Hey guys, This is amazing that you are doing this! I myself am trying to get a GSA started, but am having a very difficult time. If someone who has started one at their school could e-mail me, I would be really grateful. I have some questions, also I need advice. Thank you so much to anyone that replies!! (people e-mailing me to tell me I'm a sinner or that I should be 'what I want to be but discreet about it' will not even get commented back to. I ignor such ignorance)
  • by Anonymoure Location: Frankfort, KY on Sep 19, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    You scream for tolerance, but your own screaming is intolerance... toward others... in action! You demand respect from others, but refuse to respect the rights and opinions of others, whom happen to disagree with you? How very hypocritical! Can't you simply live your life the way you must, but do it discreetly? Forget the club nonsense and your need to exploit your sexual preferences in the public forum that it offers: Instead, see a psychiatrist so that you can privately investigate and practice self-acceptance. Your time and efforts will have been better spent, seriously. Perhaps, then, you can quit flailing your arms all about you (figuratively speaking) and give yourself and everybody else a break. You'll verify that you're okay... and so are we! THNX!
  • by Clyde Calloway Location: Ohio County on Apr 19, 2008 at 10:12 PM
    When i first Put this up i knew...people whould say stuff wether good or bad...and now i know....what i am being taught...no matter what we look like, are or goning to be, People are going to stay stuff.... and it's sad as humans we look at something diffrent and pick at things...It's a sad place when ever you can't even be yourself....Finding out who i am has been a big step by it's self......I AM PROUD...and i figured that out! And No one will Ever Bring that Down.....So to the good comments thnx for the support..and too the bad...thnx for showing me what not to be like........
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