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|NUMBER 127||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||AUGUST 1996|
|Gay Lesbian Caucus Flaunts Its |
Influence at '96 NEA Convention
At the 1990 NEA convention in Kansas City, the gays and lesbians met without publicity and circulated their demands on one mimeographed sheet. At the 1996 convention, however, about a third of the delegates sported NEA-GLC (Gay Lesbian Caucus) buttons, and an eight-page, professionally produced newsletter announced eleven caucuses during the convention plus an AIDS quilt display and a cocktail reception and social.
The GLC newsletter advertises a gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth magazine called insideOUT, in which one article boasts about the attempt to start gay-lesbian clubs in Salt Lake City high schools under the Equal Access Law. The 17-year-old who initiated this effort, Kelli Peterson, "really just raised a lot of hell about gay rights and I'm hoping that this will be the movement for gay people that the civil rights movement was for others."
An official NEA Human and Civil Rights Action Sheet distributed at the convention listed six "Recommendations" for action by the NEA's State Associations: