These were educated people saying, "Your son made a bad choice" or "He's the problem."
January 19, 2011 7:20 AM Subscribe
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GLBT rights advocate Carolyn Wagner has passed away. In 1996, Carolyn's
16 year old son, William, was assaulted in his school in Fayetteville, Arkansas, following years of anti-gay
harassment. School administrators rebuffed his complaints, telling him to man-up. His mother, Carolyn, filed a complaint
with the Office For Civil Rights that the Fayetteville Arkansas School District was in violation of their son's Title lX rights and succeeded in convincing the OCR that GLBT students are covered by Title lX, and won.
Wagner was interviewed for MSNBC's Obama's America: 2010 and Beyond
A song about Carolyn and William's ordeal with the Fayetteville school district, "William's Song" was recently performed by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
Carolyn remained a GLBT rights advocate, and a Christian. She said, "As a Christian myself, I have the firm belief that all who have spoken words of bias and hate as well as all who remained silent or failed to act to halt others from such harm to other humans, will pay for such crimes against humanity when they face their maker."