Bart Birdsall Runs for School Bd. in Tampa

The Tampa Tribune reports:
Yoga, Pilates, opera, books and advocating for his beliefs are passions for Bart Birdsall, a first-time candidate seeking the District 2 Hillsborough School Board seat in south Tampa.

"I have a firm belief in what's right and what's wrong," said the 39-year-old media specialist at Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace....
Although this is his first political campaign, Birdsall drew media attention in 2005 for protesting the removal of a county library book display featuring gay authors and for displaying a sign proclaiming, "I'm a gay school librarian" at a gay pride rally.

After his initial protest, Birdsall was warned by a school district professional standards official not to post messages on a library message board using the district e-mail system. Believing his First Amendment rights had been violated during the whole protest experience, Birdsall read publicly from the books that had been removed from the libraries outside a meeting of county commissioners.

Bart Birdsall was honored as a 2006 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in the article "Pride and Prejudice."


Bart Birdsall's website is here.

Oh, and he wasn't using the districts email system to post messages anywhere. It was all blown out of proportion.

If you can't vote for Bart, support Bart any way you can.

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