NY PTA official says gay group never got approval

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11/2/2011 2:18:25 PM - AP News
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York group calling itself the first Parent-Teacher Association unit in the country dedicated to the needs of gay and lesbian youths is under fire from the president of the state PTA.Maria Fletcher says the Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Association never got permission to use the organization's name. Fletcher did not take a position Wednesday on whether the group should be given permission, but expressed concern that the group was focused too specifically on one constituency.She said the PTA is an organization for all children, regardless of race, creed, religion or sexual orientation.Organizer David Kilmnick contended the group merely wants to be another advocate fighting bullying and intimidation of homosexuals in school. The group holds its first meeting Wednesday night in Garden City.