HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4) – Some parents and students gathered outside Valor Christian High School on Friday to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. This is the latest demonstration after the dismissal of Inoke Tonga, a coach who says he was forced to resign for being gay.

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Tonga, the junior varsity girl’s volleyball coach, says the school made him choose between his job or his sexual orientation.

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Inoke Tonga

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The small group gathered outside of Valor Christian on Friday morning to fly rainbow flags while some people drove by and honked their horns in a show of support for the demonstrators.

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One mother who helped organize the rally says the message from Valor about being gay and transgender is dangerous and that those children need to know they have adult support.

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“I think that a lot of people equate Christianity with being anti-gay, being anti-trans and that’s just not the case. Certainly, some of the larger, louder churches send that message and it’s just dangerous and it’s negative and I don’t think it’s what Jesus would have done,” said organizer Kathy Boyer.

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Another rally attracted more people on Friday afternoon. Copter4 flew over the scene where about 50-75 people had gathered for the afternoon rally.

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Jennifer McRae