Gorham Parents Surprised The Middle School Diversity Presentation For Gay, Bisexual, Trangender, Questioning, Intersex And Allied Youth Didn’t Just Talk About Going Antiquing In Ogunquit

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children in classroomGORHAM – Policy changes regulating presentations in Gorham schools by non-school organizations could be in the works following a recent Diversity Day at Gorham Middle School that turned sour. The situation unfolded two weeks ago during a presentation to Gorham eighth-graders by the Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine, known by the acronym PRYSM. Some explicit sexual content by a PRYSM speaker at the presentation’s end was brought to the attention of Gorham Middle School Principal Robert Riley, who sent an apology letter home to parents. A presentation about sexism and violence, according to Riley’s letter, was one of several that day at the school, with a theme of appreciation and tolerance of diversity. PRYSM is a program of the Community Counseling Center. According to its website, it “provides a safe and positive space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied youth, offering social support, leadership development, psycho-education about common problems facing youth and community education.” Gorham school officials now have banned the group from speaking in its schools.  (read more at the American Journal)