She was a model student and a star athlete – an honest young woman in her final year at a private Christian high school, The Master's School, in Connecticut.
But when school administrators asked her about her sexual orientation, she answered courageously and honestly that she is a lesbian.
And then those same administrators told her to withdraw or she would be kicked out.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students across the country are back in school, many facing bullying from peers. The last thing these students need is a school administration that refuses to protect them from unfair treatment.
Thousands of equality supporters like you have already sent letters to officials at The Master's School calling on them to make it right and protect all of their students. Will you send a letter now, too?
National Coming Out Day was just last week and Spirit Day is Thursday – it's a time each year when we celebrate openness and speak out against bullying. Together, we're striving to create a world where no student, no soldier, no employee – no one – has to fear coming out.
In too many places around this country, LGBT students risk expulsion, bullying, and harassment that jeopardizes their academic futures and their emotional well-being.
The Master's School in Connecticut has a chance to make it right with the student they asked to leave. They have an opportunity to lead by example – to institute modern-day policies, and to bring their model student back into their community.
The path to equality has taken us together on a lot of twists and turns. The Master's School, with HRC's help, can become a model environment for diversity and tolerance in education, but they need to take the first step now and make things right.
Thanks for standing with us now and always.