- September 29, 2015
A five-year-old girl in San Diego, California, was sent home from a Christian school for having two moms, according to KGTV San Diego.
The child’s parents, Sheena, a stay-at-home mom, and Lashaune, who is in the Navy, were devastated when they found out their child was no longer welcome at Mt. Erie Christian Academy.
"It was heartbreaking,” Sheena told KGTV San Diego. “I didn't finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn't want to look at them any longer. I just couldn't believe that they did that."
This family’s story is all too familiar for many LGBTQ youth and people of faith who experience rejection at the hands of their families, churches or communities.
Even as American Catholics show overwhelming support for LGBTQ equality and Pope Francis’ messages of non-judgment have been encouraging to LGBTQ Catholics, it is clear that issues remain in the Catholic community.
"The least Christian thing I could think of is turning away a child," said Rev. MacArthur Flournoy of HRC's Religion and Faith Program. "The message this school is sending to this child is that God is not there for her nor for her parents. There's absolutely nothing Godly in their actions."
In addition to creating an open and welcoming environment in religious communities, HRC strives to create safe and welcoming schools for all children and families.
“Families are a focal point for learning in elementary school,” Johanna Eager, Director of HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program, said. “There is no doubt substantial harm is done to schools, children, teachers and families when a school tells a student that something is wrong with them or their family.”
HRC stands in support of all families and will continue to advocate for a world where no one has to choose between who they are, whom they love and what they believe.
For more information on creating safe and supportive schools for LGBTQ youth, visit www.welcomingschools.org.