Foothill student group protests anti-gay laws in Russia

Hold rally to urge students to avoid watching Sochi ceremony

More than 20 Foothill High School students spent their lunch hour Friday in silent protest of anti-gay laws in Russia.

Students from the Gay/Straight Alliance and the school's Amnesty International clubs organized the protest and asked their peers to boycott watching last night's closing ceremony of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

"We live in the San Francisco Bay Area and we don't think LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) is an issue," said Cori Hartwig, president of the alliance. "Basically, Russia has a ban on LGTB people. It's not illegal, but they are against it."

Students held signs and one, bearing a poster that read "speak out for those who don't have a voice" wore duct tape across his mouth


Posted by highdiver, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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Posted by Great job!!!, a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Wonderful job, Foothill students! I'm glad you are paying attention to civil rights violations in the world.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:14 am


Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Teaching them to be very self righteous and politically correct at a young, impressionable age. Good to get that propaganda going early, before the kids develop a sense of morality. The good news is it was at lunch and they were silent.

Posted by truth teller, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Our society does not make a mistake when children are involved politically.

"Self righteous and politically correct..." NOT.

Young folks have a strong sense of what is Right and Wrong.

Young folks deserve credit for understanding that harming others is not cool!



Posted by Michael L., a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I wonder if the school taught them to do some research and read the law before protesting or if they just went along with the mass sentiment. In an investigative report that I read by a pro gay activist group in the USA they said that the anti Russian sentiment comes from a magazine article written by someone who didn't read the law. Their lawyer read it and they reported that it does not mention gays and it does not mention adults. It is a law to protect children from sexual predators what ever their type, but hey, lets not let the facts stand in the way of a popular protest theme.

Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Cholo proclaims, 'Young folks deserve credit for understanding that harming others is not cool!'
That would be true were it not for the scourge of AIDS spread by the very people they claim to stand with. It was bad enough with monkeys carrying the disease, but for the last few decades the lower rung of the evolutionary ladder has been infecting their own and some innocent others. No harm? Hardly, amigo. I'm Right.

Posted by Hans, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

The irrational fear, the self-loathing, the refusal to learn from others. I have so much disgust for this poor hate-filled fellow that I can barely feel any sympathy for him, though sympathy is what he sorely needs. All the poor fool can do is clamor at the empty heavens about perversions, scourges, and monkeys. He lives in a very lonely world. It must be very frightening for him. I would surmise the only conversations he has with anyone in his very lonely world is when he changes his name on various threads in order to give himself credit for posting his stomach-turning rants.

Posted by right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

Good luck with your treatment, 'hans'. Your dillusion includes the errant belief that only your view of what we must tolerate is correct.
There was no hate in my post, only the reality that if you avoid carriers that participate in dangerous and deviant behavior, you might have a chance of living beyond your naive high school years.
No name changing here----I'm still Right.

Posted by Cholo Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

The Guv of Arizona did the Right thing! She C A V E D! tee hee...

However Miz Thing is seriously in need of beauty aids - Web Link

The world was watching and big money was threatening to give her what for and she did what she did because she's a COWARD with Presidential aspirations... tee hee...

The wimp would have to pay anybody for their vote after her well thought out vote to snuff the Right...tee hee she a FLOP or what?

I have 4 roast chickens which I plan to share with my buds this evening...waaaaaaay tasty plus a nice crunchy mostly green salad with Greek olives and feta cheese!

yum yum plenty

ps In my private opinion Governor Brewer is a double for Margery Main of Ma Kettle fame! HOORAY! VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!

tee hee hee...

Posted by huh?, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Feb 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Now that is a great use of time! How about spending a little time on the books at lunch or maybe developing social skills other than spending time on something you cannot impact and is a little on the perverted side.

Posted by Hans, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm


On your "reasoning," along with Russia's and your own discrimination against gays -- just males, or females, too, you don't say -- we should also discriminate against heterosexual women and men because, after all, through heterosexual relations women may pick up the HPV virus from heterosexual males that can cause cervical cancer and sometimes death.

But that's ridiculous, isn't it. Because, like yourself and other confused sickies (see, "huh" above), you don't care about gays succumbing to AIDS or any other virus. You only want to assure people, and yourselves, that by showing disdain for gays you are putting on a convincing show that you yourselves are not gay. We are not convinced. Instead of allowing hatred to overcome you, you might try a bit of honesty. There's no shame in it, Right/huh. Honesty about yourselves and your own (dysfunctionally repressed) homosexuality might likely put you on the road toward a long-awaited journey towards mental health.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

The world is rapidly changing and it's become increasingly painful for some Americans to understand and embrace change.

Hate mongers have always existed. Americans are born everyday and eventually America will be more capable of accepting what is perceived today as undesirably different.

There's an argument for pointing out internalized homophobia. That doesn't concern me too much. It must be internally painful for somebody to be raised to embrace hate and to loathe others they perceive as bad. I believe that folks that are homophobic have multiple opportunities to learn and grow. I wouldn't toss in the hat and view them as forever losers or lost souls.

Americans can't live in this country and not be faced with multiple choices. Sometimes folks do change for the better. It's important to remain hopeful and patient.

Most of the comments on this blog I find interesting and somewhat amusing!
Like they say you can lead a mule to water...

i rest my case...tee hee

Posted by Hans, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

"Right's" phobia reveals an astonishing ignorance (as well as an inability to read/comprehend, which we have known about now for some time). What "Right" fails to acknowledge is that HPV is predominantly an STD transmitted by heterosexuals. But he shows obliviousness to this, obsessively infatuated with gayness as he is.

Mention of his wife convinces none of us regarding your proclivities, explicit or repressed/closeted. But he apparently doesn't realize that an overwhelming majority of heteros do virtually everything gays do in the bedroom. This no doubt makes his wife sadly as sex-deprived as he must be.

Kudos to the young people who took the time to make a public statement. As the vestiges of homophobia remain with us (see "Right" and "huh"), so it is important for the public to be reminded of how homophobia and its accompanying discriminatory practices amounts to human violence against other human beings.

Posted by Ayllx, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Ayllx is a registered user.

This protest was not only about Russia- though, it was the main theme, due to what was going on at the moment.
Russia has a group of people posting videos of them severely beating up gay people and humiliating them for all to see.
Web Link
So, it is something serious going on. It was merely an act of awareness, supporting all people's rights to be safe- not just Russia.

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