When 17-year-old Bailee Webb, who is gay and president of her high school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club, came across this slogan on the internet she instantly knew she wanted to have it printed on t-shirts for the members.
Other groups and athletic teams in Webb’s school wear matching t-shirts, including the soccer team which Webb says have shirts that say “Girls do it in the grass 11 ways,” a much racier message than the one she was proposing.
After gaining approval from both the school principal and the other members of the group, Webb contacted a local shop, Rodd’s Sporting Goods in Blue Springs, Missouri, to have the shirts printed. She was told by a clerk they would be ready within a week.
The next morning she received correspondence from the shop’s owner, Rod Lindemann, who stated he had “prayed about it” and decided that shirts were not “God-pleasing” as “marriage is ordained between a man and woman.”
This is the part that reinforces my belief that we are currently raising one of the most tolerant, intelligent, and open-minded generations yet. Despite her feelings of anger and disappointment, Webb took the high road, emailing friends who were members of the other clubs in school and then carefully composed a reply to Lindemann:
“I respect your decision, even if I do not agree with it, and I’m sorry that the Blue Springs South GSA and many other clubs here at South cannot and no longer will be doing business with you.”
Webb who says her club “wants to prevent suicides” is at the top of her high school class and has applied to Harvard with the hope of becoming a nuclear of aerospace engineer.
Webb’s mother says, “She’s always marched to her own drummer. I think my job as a parent is to encourage her to do that and not try to make her conform to what society thinks she should be.”
I guess we know where this teenager gets her refreshingly tolerant outlook on life.
Via The Kansas City Star.