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Public School Faces Backlash for Attempting to Ban Student’s Lesbian Art as “Offensive” to Christians

Public school tried to ban student's lesbian art work

Abby Driscoll’s artwork “But Not Enough to Save You” has sparked controversy in a Virginia school district, leading to an emergency meeting of the board. The piece, part of a student art show with a theme of “trauma,” features a representation of religious trauma and the struggle of growing up queer in a religious community.

The artwork depicts hands praying with a rosary in front of Bible pages adorned with rainbow colors, with the words “GOD LOVES YOU BUT NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE YOU” written on them.

Driscoll, who grew up religious in a conservative community, aimed to portray the experience of feeling rejected by both religion and community due to her queer identity.

Public school tried to ban student’s lesbian art work because it’s “offensive” to Christians

Despite the piece’s intention to shed light on religious trauma and LGBTQ+ struggles, some members of the school board found it offensive. Augusta County School Board member Tim Simmons expressed his personal offense and called for a meeting to discuss the artwork’s display, citing the need to uphold a culture of respect within schools.

While the board eventually decided to allow Driscoll’s work to remain on display, the incident has raised concerns about the district’s art approval policy. There is a fear that stricter restrictions may be imposed in the future, limiting students’ freedom of expression.

However, Driscoll’s family sees the controversy as evidence of the artwork’s impact. Despite facing backlash, Driscoll remains steadfast in her message, highlighting the importance of addressing religious trauma and discrimination within communities.

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