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A Catholic school in Durham, NC allowed a lesbian councilwoman to speak to students after the school was forced to cancel classes if she spoke at a planned Black History Month event last month.

In February, lesbian city councilwoman Vernetta Alston was invited to speak to students at Immaculata Catholic School's Black History Month event in February, but her speech was canceled after the school received threats of protests.
 
READ ALSO: Catholic School Canceled Classes After Threats of Protests at Black Lesbian Speaker's Event
 
Alston is an alumna who attended the school from kindergarten through 6th grades.

She is in a same-sex "marriage" to a woman, which was "problematic" for the parents of some of the students.

Out of concern for the students' safety, Fr. Chris VanHaight, the pastor of Immaculata Catholic School and Immaculate Conception Church, closed the school for the day.

"As pastor, I cannot place our Immaculata students into this contentious environment," he wrote in a letter to parents.

But public backlash and pressure from politicians forced the school to reconsider its decision.

Alston took to the stage to a standing ovation Tuesday night at Immaculata, nearly a month after her previous appearance was canceled.

"Thank you for being an example for everyone in Durham, and for me personally, and thank you for showing me how to fight for our children," Alston said to the crowd.

She talked about the influence her grandmother had on her growing up in Durham without a father. She did not discuss her same-sex marriage.

Police were waiting in the wings just in case protests broke out.

Afterwards, students stood in line to meet with Alston. Some students compared the long wait to standing in line at Disney World.

Alston was encouraged by the overwhelming support.

“I felt very excited to finally deliver that kind of message, and I hope people received it well,” she said. “It’s just so special to see folks be committed to what they value and say it out loud and to support one another."

  • Yoni7

    I would tell them to suck my.... nevermind.

  • Blue

    My mind was processing the headline and the pic at the same time and I ran into a *System Error*

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The same church that in covering up for priests created more victims but won't allow a woman who is in a consenting adult relationship speak at a school?

    Interesting.

    BTW I still have no idea why gays and lesbians would want to be a part of any religion.

  • Topic Influencer

    Aye! You used it! Thanks Sandra

  • Bossy704

    I grew up in Durham and there were no openly LBGT people in the 80's. Definitely not at school. A lot of my friends came out in college. There was a lesbian who bought the truck stop café in Hillsborough during the 90's but people did not support her. I'm from Klan country.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Me too go where u appreciated not tolerated

  • SpillyNillie

    Til it get a hickey?

  • Topic Influencer

    Girl you from Durham? Well then!

  • Topic Influencer

    The school (her alma mater) wanted her. It was the parents.

  • SpillyNillie

    I'm not surprised that she didn't discuss her lifestyle/marriage. Why would she? She's speaking to children...

  • Yoni7

    Til I'm satisfied.

  • Itzgoingdown2

    Why does she need to speak to kids?

  • hi-liter

    Ion care about this. Hearing this woman speak about community issues ain’t gone make your kids “turn gay” unless she some how “Inspires” them to come out the closet.

  • Yoni7

    Like don't bring me back AFTER the fact. The time slot I had for you is filled. I'll pencil you in, so I can erase you later. Fukk you, pay me.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Still. That’s too much drama. It’s other schools out here

  • Itzgoingdown2

    Ex Gay Leader Details LGBT Plan to Take Over School System

    https://youtu.be/uQGA-n4JyOY

  • Topic Influencer

    Yeah I said that too. after 6th grade she went to the OTHER Catholic school. Cardinal Gibbons here in capital city. So maybe they would have had her. A little more progressive than Durham. And if not Catholic school someone would have invited her. Maybe? Maybe not. They strange here about the gays. One minute they love them, the next minute its an abomination. Weird af.

  • SpiceGirl

    She looks like some dude I know......

  • Topic Influencer

    Hell school the ones invited her. They need to ask themselves why she needed to be there.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Just like most black people hate gays but love pedophiles.

  • Topic Influencer

    Sorry you feel like that Rod. I dont hate ya. We dont see eye to eye about somethings but I dont hatecha.

  • the guest

    DIS-inviting her was unkind and ungodly.

  • Bashi22

    Now she can spread the love of same-sex how beautiful they are.

  • Li-Wright

    I believe the will of the people should rule; the majority rules. And if the parents who pay the tuition don't approve, don't do it. I'm glad she didn't push her gay agenda in the speech.

  • Li-Wright

    You're right. Somebody has bad management skills.

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    A dusty kobe Bryant

  • gail jones

    NC in the house

  • SpiceGirl

    Pahahahaha....I can see that.....

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    Raleigh NC.....

  • Renee26

    They haven't arrested those child molesting and rapist priests so they didn't want no smoke from discriminating against a lesbian.

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    Right... I will have a conflict on that date...whatever date it is ?

  • Yoni7

    Try again next year. LOL

  • Topic Influencer

    Damn you in my city too? Well damn.

  • the guest

    She's a Catholic, A Catholic School Volunteer, A Donor to the Catholic School. A Catholic School Graduate and Alumni, and She's A Black Council Woman which is why I think the school in good faith and consciousness and pure heart invited her to speak for Black History Month.

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  • MNjumpoffacliff

    I wouldn't even want to go.

  • the guest

    THIS is the truth.

    There is a gay agenda to take over public schools.

    But Catholic Schools are private and can legally exclude.

    What happened here was that the Catholic School INVITED a gay woman as a speaker based on her credentials but they overlooked Catholic Doctrine in extending the invitation.

    The invitation was the school's oversight of their own doctrine, NOT the gay agenda targeting the school.

    The gay council woman did not seek out nor request to speak at the school, she was perfectly happy volunteering and donating money, she personally didn't even protest when they rescinded her invitation, all she did was accept their invitation.

  • Eileen

    no it was not! her act of lesbianism is whats unGodly read your Bible Romans 1.

  • Eileen

    horrifying Christians must Pray for our nation!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    The world is COMPLETELY out of control and trying to drive SANE folks INSANE! Thank GOD for Pot??? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e0c49a32ff9df3389b7bdd74ec60065925cd72fd10e82124ae50ee08e37996a.gif

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I wasn't talking to you. Just black people in general.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why would you assume that she would have pushed her 'gay agenda'?
    She was only invited because she was a graduate not because she was gay.

  • Junkanoo

    She must love the attention or they cut her a nice check I wouldn't have bothered giving the speak after thexspeaking event was cancelled but maybe some would see that as letting hate win.

  • Junkanoo

    On another note she is handsone . A lot of well educated upwardly mobile gay people seem to prefer partners who are white probably not a far statement and love is love but seems like a trend to me .

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    I do

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