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Texas Cosmetology Class Closed Due To Gayness

MAKEUP YAYTerrrrrible news out of Texas, you guys. There’s this adult cosmetology class, see, and one of the people who signed up was a guy. And — AND — he might be… a gay.

This was particularly upsetting to Thomas Amons, the principal with the Beaumont Independent School District who oversees the technical school. He wanted the man, Kwmane Gray, out of the class, presumably to prevent the other students from being infected with a horrible disease, the symptoms of which include you act like a totally normal person but bigots freak out when they see you.

From the Southeast Texas Examiner:

“As soon as we got a student that (Amons) thought was gay, that was the end. He saw (Gray) come into the class, and then he came to get me out of there,” [teacher Cequada] Clark said of Principal Amons, a man who also serves as a deacon at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. The instructor said she was told to tell Gray he wasn’t welcome in the program. Feeling a moral objection to what was taking place, she refused. “I told (Amons) if he wanted to tell that young man that, he would need to do that himself.”

(Lesson for future executors of prejudice: If you’re going to discriminate, at least do it yourself, eh?)

A problem arose here, however: The legal department pointed out that you can’t just be kicking gay people out of stuff, because of “laws” and “that is shitty to the max.”

Don’t worry, though — hate always finds a way.

Amons shut down the whole class.

“I don’t understand this. I really don’t,” Clark said. “(Amons) told me he would rather shut down the program altogether than to have ‘riff-raff’ like that in the program. The next day, he shut down the program.”

That’s a real shame for the people in that class. Thank goodness, though, that a brave teacher like Cequada Clark can stand up for justice in This, The Greatest of Americas.

UPDATES: Instructor Cequada Clark informed The Examiner on Thursday evening, Sept. 13, that she has been asked to turn in her keys and receipt book, terminating her employment with BISD.


[Examiner, via Patheos]

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    1. Beach_Bubba_Tex

      Nahh, taxidermists do most of the work anyway. Most homes like to pose the corpses in the bushes with weapons drawn

  1. GunToting[Redacted]

    There's a funny comment in here about spite, noses, and cosmetology, but I'm too hung over to find it.

  2. smitallica

    And you know, you just KNOW, that Principal Amons, deacon at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, is a TEXTBOOK self-loathing, rentboy-hiring, "Glee"-downloading, cock-mongering closet case.

    1. weejee

      'Zactly so. No matter what Deacon Principal Amons does or layers of foundation that he applies ol' Thomas is always going to look round and red and stained about the edges like the asshole that he truly is.

  3. BadKitty904

    I'm sensing potential for a new school mascot: The Beaumont Bigots

    "Two-Four-Six-Eight-We Just Love to Discriminate! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate, TEAM!"

    1. finallyhappy

      I think I was in that class was it Harvard Project Physics with Mr. Appel- the world's very worst science teacher??

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Yes, physicists are among the most virile, masculine and macho of the physical science majors. We geology majors would always run in fear when the physicists rolled into the student union after a tough lab session.

        1. kittensdontlie

          There's alot of gay in the Bing Bang Theory, and Einstein's loafers but his hair, not gay. I retract my previous statement retroactively.

  4. weejee

    what a fuckhead

    / 'lock 'n load' from the reptilian core rapidly percolating to the top of the subconscious to wrestle with the pacifist conscious.

  5. Dashboard Buddha

    Well, to be fair, Kwmane Gray does sound like C'mon, be gay.

    Also this…isn't Antioch Missionary Baptist Church just the most rednecky name you could hope for in a church?

    1. BadKitty904

      In re: "Antioch Baptist Church" – rednecky enough to have been parodied by Charlie-freekin'-Daniels as far back as 1973, in his song "Uneasy Rider"…

      "I'm a faithful follower of Brother John Birch,
      And I belong to the Antioch Baptist Church,
      And I ain't even got a garage, you can call home and ask my wife!"

    2. Chet Kincaid_

      Black deacon, black discrimination victim. Actually, "Antioch" is a very black-Churchy name. It's kind of ridiculous — do you know how many gay male music directors there are in black churches?

    1. kittensdontlie

      Yes, and being charitable, the instructor might have been afraid the student knew more than the teacher.

  6. Limeylizzie

    Remember that photo of me where you were all saying how beautiful I am? That would not be so, were it not for the gays. My hair, any and all make-up tips and just the general fabulousness of the gays makes me happy and smiley.

    1. Bezoar

      In all seriousness, it makes me wonder what the world would be like if all the gays went, or had gone, "Galt".

    2. tessiee

      "Remember that photo of me where you were all saying how beautiful I am?"

      *struggles to be tactful*
      would not be…
      your avatar picture…
      would it?

      1. Limeylizzie

        That would be awesomely polite of the Wonkette if I did mean the avatar and they were all”Oh you look beautiful”.

  7. thatsitfortheother1

    You know that I'm not evil
    Just wanna have some fun
    There's so much shit in Texas
    I'm bound to step in some
    — J Winter

    1. Limeylizzie

      I know, crazy right? No wonder so many woman there, not Wonketteers of course, have such terrible hair , if you don't let the gays do your hair you will look like shit.

      1. SorosBot

        That would explain the ugly giant big hair and clown levels of makeup that Southern women seem to love and fail to realize makes them look hideous.

      2. freakishlywrong

        For the mercifully brief time I was in Texas, (Houston), all the gays were fabulous and everyone loved them. This was years ago, however.

    2. CleverSobriquet

      It all make sense to me now. I was wondering how the hell they could have a school of cosmology in Tejas

      1. Spurning Beer

        The reason it's in the Vocational School is the overlap with the industrial trades of construction, welding, plastering, and painting. That Texas Woman look requires some heavy-duty technology.

  8. Terry

    You know the good thing about Beaumont, TX? It doesn't take too long to drive past it. Honestly, that is one sucky town and the chemical plants will probably give you cancer, too.

    1. Texan_Bulldog

      Beaumont is a horrible area. I'm surprised there aren't more 3-eyed children born there with all the oil refineries seriously polluting the air and water.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Ah yes, The Golden Triangle. If they have to give the world an enema, that's where they'll stick the tube.

    2. Biff

      I did have some edible BBQ the times I've been stuck there on my way to somewhere else. Aside from that giant wad of white bread they serve with it, that is.

        1. Biff

          No offense if you're from down there or anything, but I hope to god I never set foot in Texas again! Shame it's on the way to or from so many other more desirable places, though.

          1. Terry

            I lived in Texas a long time, then in south Louisiana after that. There are some bright spots, some good people, but they're overshadowed by some cruel bastards.

  9. Peckerwood_Pete

    Cool… scientists finally found a way to crossbreed Boy George with John Wayne Gacy… cool pic.

    In all seriousness though… I would never allow a heterosexual man to cut my hair. That's just me….

      1. tessiee

        If for no other reason than his home town is named "Sunshine". Now how can you not like somebody who actually comes from Sunshine?

  10. Boojum

    This will last about as long as it takes to scrawl "Compaint" and "Motion for Temporary Injunction" on a napkin and drunkenly stagger over to the courthouse. There's this Constitushun thing, about which the teabaggers are always moaning and mooning. It even protects teh ghey.

  11. poorgradstudent

    Wait, he shut down the *whole* program?!

    This reminds me of the Catholic Church threatening to end their charity programs in DC just because of the mere chance that the DC government might require them to *gasp* place children with same-sex couples. It's almost as if the Catholic higher-ups and Mr. Amons have in common a tendency to only value their religion when it allows them to feel superior to certain groups of people! It's fucking sick, and I'm no theologian but I'm damn sure that even Jesus would go all "moneychangers at the temple" on these people's asses. .

    1. PsycWench

      It's almost as if the Catholic higher-ups and Mr. Amons have in common a tendency to only value their religion when it allows them to feel superior to certain groups of people!
      I question your use of the word "almost".

    2. tessiee

      It's almost as if the religious nuts like having a convenient excuse not to follow the law when they don't feel like it.

      Didn't that Jesus fella of theirs say something about rendering unto Caesar that which is Caesar's?

    1. Boojum

      No, but Title IX does, and it protects against retaliation for gender discrimination in edumacashunal programs.

      And discrimination against a man for failing to conform to gender stereotypes is gender discrimination.

      1. PsycWench

        True! We got all Title-IX-educated here at my college to where I'm afraid to tell an off-color joke, so I'm surprised this guy didn't foresee opening himself up to a suit.
        Actually, strike that, I'm not surprised.

      1. Boojum

        Them are standin' yore ground laws. Principal Anus was afraid that he would have to run over and suck Gray's dick, if he didn't expel him. He was just standing his ground against sinful thoughts.

    2. tessiee

      "Do Wrongful Termination laws in Texas carry any weight?"

      Wrongful termination laws no longer carry any weight anywhere.
      Companies can usually afford more and better legal representation than some unemployed schmoe, and have ways of getting around technicalities ("he wasn't let go, his position was eliminated", and then mysteriously gets reinstated six months down the road with a twenty year old).
      You can try suing Global-Compu-Mega-Corp, because of course the laws are on the books — but in practice, you'd better have somebody saying on videotape that they're firing you because you're black/gay/old/fat/whatever — and you're far from guaranteed to win even then.

  12. BaldarTFlagass

    It wasn't the gay thing so much as everyone's inability to pronounce the name "Kwmane." What, silent 'm'? Or maybe "Khomeini"?

  13. PsycWench

    This reminds me of Prince Edward county in Virginia that closed all the schools when ordered to integrate. The wealthier kids could go to private school. The rest had enough education to work as domestics which is probably all the county thought they needed.

    1. tessiee

      I had a former co-worker who was originally from Arkansas. In case you needed any more evidence that Walmart was evil, she said that when the Walmart in her town finally voted to unionize, the company shut the store down and moved away.

  14. PsycWench

    So Texans were mystified by the idea of a gay man wanting to work in a beauty industry? Don't they have TVs or anything? Can they not read?

  15. eggsacklywright

    I didn't think the folks in Beaumont were smart enough to be concerned about the origins of the universe.

    1. comrad_darkness

      They already have flocked there. But they are issued an extra solid closet door upon being made deacon.

  16. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Are you kidding me with this shit? My hair has still not recovered from the untimely death of my gay hairdresser. God I miss him.

  17. BaldarTFlagass

    If Kwmane Gray had my sense of humor, he'd be showing up for services every Sunday at the the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

    1. ttommyunger

      You can't be serious. We're talking about Texas. About the third Sunday Mr. Gray would be found tied to a fencepost by barb wire.

      1. Boojum

        At first, I thought you were giving them credit for tolerance, what with the three Sundays, then I realized it was all about figgering out how knots work.

    1. CthuNHu

      That's one sweet cutting-edge website there. What, they couldn't afford a "Best viewed with Netscape Navigator 2.0" gif?

  18. BaldarTFlagass

    There were fistfights among the other students on who got to be Kwmane's lab partner; they all figured on the easy A.

  19. Hera Sent Me

    This is my hometown. I know the principal personally. My wife worked for him. Let's put it this way – at least gay male students were always safe around him. Straight female students not so much.

      1. Hera Sent Me

        This isn't even close to being the most bizarre incident in the BISD in the past year. An assistant principal abruptly resigned after his affair with a school security guard became known. It became known because the guard's husband found pictures of the couple in flagrante on her phone. He printed up hundreds of copies of them and PUT THEM ON CARS parked in the school parking lot. At the same school, a teacher resigned after being caught naked in a student's bedroom closet by her mother. The school's electrical contractor had his multimillion dollar contract renewed by the district AFTER he pleaded guilty to stealing over $3 million from it. The district paid some organization to name it a "top ten" district nationally, and then put up signs all over town proclaiming the great honor.

        If anybody out there wants to do a Ph.D about the intersection of politics, sex, race and money in an American town, this would be the town to study. Ditto for somebody wanting to write a novel about a place that makes Yoknapatawpha County seem quiet and quaint.

    1. oenspiek

      "Let's put it this way – at least gay male students were always safe around him. Straight female students not so much."

      So, he's a RINO, then?

  20. ttommyunger

    Proving the Biblical Justification for his stance, the good Principal/Deacon posted a full account of Jesus' denunciations of teh gheys as follows:

      1. ttommyunger

        Wider than the vast expansion of space. Even the space between the Good Deacon's ears.Sent from the Field, not in Garrison.

  21. CthuNHu

    I think we're overlooking the upside here, which is that there is one less fanatical madrasa brainwashing uneducated rubes with their bizarre Texan makeup cult.

    Also, Amons' lipstick found around local truckstop glory hole in 3… 2… 1…

  22. 1stNewtontheMoon

    In fairness, Principal Anus prayed like a motherfucker before he fired the teacher who wouldn't do his bidding. God (in the voice of 3rd grade educated pastor) told him to do it. God spoke. He listened. Case closed.

  23. TheGyrus

    Good thing Beaumont Independent School District has a strong teacher's union to protect the job of someone like Cequada Clark.

    Wait, what? Its non-union? Who would have thought…

    1. mayor_quimby

      Haha, you thought this shit ended? It's just one big circle-jerk until we all go to the big Chinese Nature Preserve/Factory Farm in the sky.

  24. Serolf_Divad

    Danged gays demanding their "special rights" (i.e. the right to take a cosmetology class) wind up ruining it for everybody else.

    1. PubOption

      They should try to close the airports, that way they could get rid of the gay flight attendants and the Islamic taxi drivers.

  25. Dumbedup

    humans have a boundless capacity for both love and hate. When you fill your life with hate you experience hell. When you learn that there is no limit to the love you can give and receive in this life, you are as close to heaven as you will ever be. These tormented, hateful souls on the right are suffering. The only response is to spread love to every person you can, love and human kindness. It changes the world. (OK more snark, I know, but this hateful discrimination is serious)

    1. Boojum

      Principal Anus could feel the sinful gay powers overcoming his Holy resistance to the evil allure of some sweet, sweet cocksucking.

  26. barto

    Just guessin, but there were probably a few laser-beams in that class, donchathink Deacon Amons? Oh, but that's HOT, amirite?

  27. a_pink_poodle

    I enjoy stories about people who screw over everyone else to spite one person. It makes me feel better as a person!

  28. owhatever

    We Texans will not be teaching cosmology to any homosexuals, for they would then tinker with God's universe.

  29. Baba_NinjaCat12

    A great way to end Big Texas Politicians stupidity, just elect and send in alot of gays. That will shut the state legislative faster than old west quick gunslinger able to draw his gun out in a shoot-out. Yea Haw.

  30. Negropolis

    As soon as I saw "Beaumont", "Southeast Texas", and "Missionary Baptist" it all made sense. Southeast Texas is basically West Louisiana, and Beaumont is the armpit.

    I guess this was a legitimate gay, because the course shut itself down just for him.

  31. Negropolis

    What the hell does this Kwmane think he is? A person?

    No snark, when I see the formerly oppressed turning around and doing the oppressing, it hurts my heart. For these types of people to not see the irony is just amazing.

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