Judge rules against anti-gay “Day of Truth” T-shirt

According to an article from The Union-Tribune (San Diego), a federal judge has ruled in favor of high school administrators who disallowed student Tyler Chase Harper (who has now graduated, although his sister, Kelsie Harper, is still at the school) from wearing an anti-gay T-shirt during the Alliance Defense Fund’s “Day of Truth” anti-gay/ex-gay rip-off of GLSEN’s Day of Silence project.

The case started when Tyler Harper (pictured right, now the “poster child” of the “Day of Truth”) wore a T-shirt to school which, in part, stated “Homosexuality is shameful.”

U.S. District Judge John A. Houston ruled that the case became moot when Tyler Chase Harper graduated from Poway High School last year, but agreed to consider the issues as they affected his sister, Kelsie Harper, still a student.

Houston then relied on an earlier appeals court decision in the case to find that the school’s actions didn’t infringe on students’ rights of free speech, free exercise of religion, nor were they hostile to a particular religious viewpoint.

He cited that decision, which found that schools have a responsibility to stop harassment on the basis of sexual orientation because it “adversely affects the rights of public high school students.”

That 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices are scheduled to decide whether they will consider the case in three weeks.

You can read the actual court decision (thanks to The Union-Tribune) right here (PDF file).

Catch up on past posts on the “Day of Truth” and Day of Silence here.

This year’s Day of Silence promoting awareness and attention to anti-LGBT prejudice, discrimination and harassment is on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 (more info). The reactionary, anti-gay “Day of Truth” will be held immediately thereafter, on Thursday, April 19, 2007 (more info).

UPDATE: Pictured below are the front and back sides of the T-shirt Harper wore… the T-shirt which started this whole mess:

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8 Responses to “Judge rules against anti-gay “Day of Truth” T-shirt”
  1. Patrick ONeill says:

    He sure is cute.

  2. Matt says:

    Haha… Yeah… I think there have been plenty of jokes in the past about how “twink-ish” he looks. lol

  3. Eric says:

    Yeah he is way cute!! Why do I have a feeling we will find out this guy is Gay later on?

  4. He seems like a really good guy. Why do you people hate him so much?

  5. Daniel Gonzales says:


    Hey if you plan any further coverage of the anti-gay “Day of Truth” I wanted to bring your attention to a Youtube video I made examining some of the more troubling aspects of the Day of Truth — Specifically how the DOT is little more than a thinly veiled attempt to promote “pray away the gay” programs to queer youth.

    This video goes over the great deal of troubling material on the DOT’s website including information discussing anal sex, bathhouses and a fake medical condition made up by the anti-gay right called “gay bowel syndrome.” Some of this material is furnished by Mission America, an organization that actually includes in it’s mission statement the need to defend the nation against witchcraft.

    -Dan Gonzales
    (I myself am a survivor of one of the “ex-gay” programs promoted by the Day of Truth)

  6. Anita says:

    That’s so stupid. It’s just as bad as forcing someone to talk on the Day Of Silence. This is a free country! People should be able to share their views. Weather they’re Anti-Gay or A supporter. Let them have their opinions!

  7. kory says:

    wearing that shirt is the equivalent of wearing a shirt that says i hate black people that kids a an R-TARD . eat a dick

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