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Clovis Unified cancels play because of gay main character

noexiartThousands have signed a petition demanding that Clovis Unified School District reinstate the production of a play at Buchanan High that students say was abruptly canceled because a main character is gay.

The petition on change.org says, “The reason we were given for the cancellation was something along the lines of there’s a lesbian character and some parents may have to explain to their child that some women love other women. That our audience doesn’t approve of homosexuality, and we should be playing to our audience.”

The production was of “No Exit,” written in the 1940s by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Jean-Paul Sartre. The play features a lesbian postal clerk who turns a woman against her husband.

Buchanan High student Jared Serpa, who directed the play, says in a video posted to Twitter on Friday that school administrators shut down the play because of an audience complaint, saying the gay character could force parents to have uncomfortable conversations with their children. 

No comment frm the district at this time, updates posted at The Fresno Bee.

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