Gay awareness signs too "adult-themed" for Utah County

I try to avoid Utah County as much as possiible, because it’s a pretty scary place. Home to BYU, moral crusaders like Gayle Ruzicka, and quite a few closet-alcoholics who only drink when they are alone and in their cars, Utah County is a haven for oddities and strangeness. And of course, bigotry.

The funniest thing about people in Utah County, and sometimes in Utah itself, is that they don’t feel like they have to come up with plausible reasons to object to something. They figure they just get to say, “No, we don’t want that, because the Bible tells us so,” and WHAMMO, it’s gone. RE-moved. Sort of like Gayle Ruzicka’s brain after she was abducted by aliens. (Hey, I can’t come up with a better reason for her hateful and ignorance-filled agenda than that. Let me know if you have a better idea.)

Now, according to Fox 13 News, some people in Utah County are objecting to anti-hate messages that are posted on someone’s PRIVATE property.

A battle in Utah County is brewing over some signs posted near an elementary school.

Leonard Ridley lives next to Art City Elementary in Springville. He recently posted three signs on his fence, facing the playground after he read news about the recent rash of gay suicides.

“They signs of course say stop gay suicide, tell the truth, gays are born gay,” Ridley said. “I realized at that point that I was in an enviable location in back of the school and this would be an opportunity to provide information to the children tat would be carried to the adults in their lives, to the teachers, to their parents in particular and carry information concerning homosexuals and homosexuality that would perhaps contradict with the mistaken ideas that they already had.”

School administrators at Art City Elementary said they are questioning the appropriateness of Ridley’s signs.

“The District is very concerned about the content of the signs and it’s not his beliefs are different from other peoples. It’s that the content on the signs is adult in nature,” said Lana Hiskey Nebo. “It discusses suicide specifically which is something that we don’t discuss at the elementary level.”

A city code enforcement officer has determined the content of Ridley’s signs is in compliance with code but all three signs together are too large. Ridley said he plans to rotate through the signs one at a time. var afterLoginLocation = ”; var defaultLocation = $(‘articlePromoLink’).href; var wasClicked = false; if (!!window.carnival) { new memberNav( ‘#articlePromoLink’, function() { //user is logged in if(!!afterLoginLocation && afterLoginLocation != ” && afterLoginLocation != ‘default’){ $(‘articlePromoLink’).onclick = function(){‘_carnival_’+afterLoginLocation); wasClicked = true; return false; } } }, function(){ //user is not logged in if(!!afterLoginLocation && afterLoginLocation != ”){ $(‘articlePromoLink’).onclick = function(){ carnival.modal.popit(location.protocol+’//’+carnival.configuration(‘currentDomain’)+’/’+signon.folder+’/site/registration/modal.signon’); wasClicked = true; carnival.user.afterLogin( function(){ if(!!afterLoginLocation && afterLoginLocation != ” && afterLoginLocation != ‘default’){‘_carnival_’+afterLoginLocation); } else if(wasClicked){ window.location = defaultLocation; } } ); return false; } }//if } ).writeNav(); }//if  

 Okay, now first of all, the way I see it, Spongebob Squarepants is probably too “adult-themed” for Utah County. And someone SOMEWHERE has NOT been paying attention, because these kids know a whole lot more then they are being given credit for. Someone at that school is undoubtedly dealing with the insecurities of same-sex attraction, and wouldn’t it be nice to have even ONE child saved, if a sign can even do that? It’s a nice idea, although I’m not sure how successful it will be.

But adult-themed? We are glad you don’t talk about suicide in elementary school, but trust me, these kids are hearing it elsewhere, and it won’t be the first time they hear that word. In addition, sometime in their life, each of those children is going to experience the effect of suicide first-hand, whether it be a friend, a relative or loved one, or someone they hurt and bullied.

Elementary school is the perfect age to begin teaching diversity and acceptance, instead of handing your child a closed book of dos and don’ts, summarizing what it is in it for them, then locking it up and telling them to always carry it with them, but never try to open it.

You cannot hide your children from suicide, just as you cannot hide your children from the fact that sometimes boys love boys and girls love girls.

I’m glad the homeowner won this one. If he touched even one life, it was worth all the hassle.


I ran across this video today, and laughed my proverbial butt off. Very funny, cheeky stuff, done by a group at BYU. Enjoy.

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About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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2 Responses to Gay awareness signs too "adult-themed" for Utah County

  1. Uzza says:

    Just out of curiosity, do they run ads for Viagra in Utah county? Seems easier to explain suicide …


  2. Carla says:

    Why are they not talking about suicide in elementary school? Do they think 9 year olds don’t think about it? If so, they’re clueless, seriously. I first suffered from clinical depression and serious suicidal thoughts in 4th grade. We NEED to be telling children that a LOT of people suffer from this illness, and it IS and illness, that they’re not alone, and that there are solutions to the situations they currently see as insurmountable obstacles.


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