[The following is a report on homosexual activism, i.e. homosexualists aggressively promoting the pan-sexual lifestyle. Received on the Internet. E. Fox.]
Fred: For the [OBE Education] loop. Peter LaBarbera, a friend of mine who publishes The Lambda report and works for Accuracy in Media & Accuracy in Academia asked to forward this timely article to our loop for immediate transmission. Many good Americans have no idea of the extent of grievous homosexual mischief being done -- and don't even want to face the probability of it in our school -- including the elementary schools. Nowhere in the United States has a governor led the crusade in behalf of homosexuals, transvestites, ad nauseam, more fiercely than William Weld of Massachusetts. This is the land of the Kennedy's, Barney Frank, Gerry Studds, Harvard and Yale. This is a story that needs to be told now, as William Weld -- who, some conjecture, after an appropriate interim, switch allegiance to the Clinton Democrats -- in is a Battle Royale with Senator Jesse Helms.
Gay activists are fond of calling Massachusetts' outgoing Republican governor Bill Weld the nation's "most pro-gay governor," and it's easy to see why. Like Nixon going to China, Weld has blazed a new path for the Grand Old Party, infuriating social conservatives with his zealous advocacy of homosexual "rights." To understand how far Weld has pushed the pro-gay envelope in Massachusetts, one need look no farther than the schools. Under his helm, Massachusetts has become ground zero in the movement to promote homosexual-affirming educational policies, and the state's "educrats" are working with gay groups to export them to other school districts nationwide. In 1994, after Weld created his precedent-setting "Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth," Massachusetts became the first state to enact a "gay rights" law for schools, but that was just the beginning. In May, the state held its third annual "Gay/Straight Youth Pride March, " sponsored by -- of all agencies -- the Department of Health, in concert with several homosexual activist groups. The taxpayer- subsidized rally was held on the steps of the state Capitol in Boston, followed that night by a "gay prom" at -- you guessed it -- City Hall. After all, this is Massachusetts.
The Bay State's rapid moves to embrace "gay youth" highlight a disturbing national trend: the use of schools as pro-gay affirmation and propaganda centers, often without parents' knowledge. While social conservatives have focused on stopping the legalization of "gay marriage," homosexual activists and their allies have been diligently working in schools to advance their agenda of norming homosexuality. All across the country, young students are being confirmed as "gays" by older mentors and teachers -- any of whom are homosexuals -- despite studies showing that the percentage of teens who self-identify as "gay" or "bisexual" declines with age. Homosexual activists proclaim their support for "GLBT? youth" -- ostensibly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and questioning kids (what on earth is a "transgender youth," anyway?) -- and talk effusively about the trend of teenagers to "come out" as supposed homosexuals at younger and younger ages. The result of the "gay youth" sensitivity crusade has been a proliferation of horror stories, as parents get wind of one-sided, pro-homosexual "lessons" or even "gay pride" rallies at their child's school -- often after the fact. Massachusetts probably leads the nation in this dubious department.
Take the case of Mike Chiusano of Beverly, Massachusetts, who was driven to parental rights activism four years ago when his daughter pronounced him a "homophobe" over the dinner table. It seems the younger Chiusano, then 14, had just emerged from four days of mandatory assemblies called "Homophobia Week" at Beverly High School. Her father didn't even know about the assemblies, which are now annual fixtures at schools all over Massachusetts (they are officially promoted by the State Department of Education). When Mr. Chiusano protested to the Beverly High administrators, his family became the victim of a harassment campaign, including a phone call to his wife from one zealot who threatened, "We know where your daughter lives." So much for tolerance.
Another "accidental activist" in the move to restore sanity in the schools
is Ed Beucler, a Cambridge resident who discovered on October 11, 1995,
that his son, then a freshman, was required to attend a pro- homosexual "coming
out" rally sponsored by the "gay" student club at his school. (October 11
is the day celebrated by gay activists nationwide as "National Coming Out
Day.") The only notice for the event that Beucler and his wife received
were the words "Coming Out Rally" on the school calendar sent home to parents.
When the Beuclers complained to school authorities about the rally, which
included a "transgendered" speaker, they were ignored for three months.
Finally they were asked to come in and discuss their concerns "and their
son's progress" -- infuriating Mr. Beucler, who saw no connection between
the performance of his son, a straight-A student, and his beef with the
"gay" rally. Ultimately, Cambridge's superintendent said she would make
no changes in the school's policy of holding "Coming Out" rallies in the
future. The Beuclers, committed Catholics, wrote to a local newspaper: "We
feel it is the job of educators to teach reading, writing and arithmetic.
It is our job as parents to teach morals. You do your job and we will do
Yet another educational atrocity came to light in March when the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that Douglas Matthews -- a teacher and the faculty advisor to the "gay-straight alliance" at Algonquin Regional High School -- passed out a mind-bending "Questionnaire about Heterosexuality" to students in his freshman history class. The survey -- with queries like "What do you think caused your heterosexuality?" and "If you've never slept with a person of the same sex and enjoyed it, is it possible that all you need is a good gay lover?" -- is used by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Teachers Network (GLSTN) and other homosexual groups to expose alleged "homophobic" attitudes and turn the tables on critics who posit homosexuality as abnormal. Matthews' tendentious survey, which was not pre-approved by the school, would never have seen the light of day had not two students secretly brought it home to their parents.
The melding of homosexual advocacy with education has caused an outbreak of incidents like the above in schools across the country. What is unique about Massachusetts is the state's funding of, and tight alliance with, homosexual groups to carry it out. To advance their agenda, organizations like GLSTN devised a cunning strategy of encouraging the formation of pro-homosexual student clubs in schools, called "Gay-Straight Alliances." Rallying behind a campaign for "Safe Schools," gay activists worked with state bureaucrats to promote the idea that there is an epidemic of suicides among homosexual youth -- 30 percent of youth suicides are by "gay and lesbian" youngsters, they claim -- hence the need for gay-affirming outreach programs in schools.
The only problem with the gay activists' suicide claims is that they are utterly baseless, as a recent article by Newhouse News Service once again confirmed. One of the world's leading experts on youth suicide, Dr. David Shaffer of Columbia University, has dismissed the 30 percent figure as arising from "hocus-pocus math." But that didn't stop David LaFontaine, the gay activist appointed by Gov. Weld to head the state's homosexual youth commission, from ominously declaring that "Gay youth suicide is like a hidden holocaust in America."
LaFontaine's is only the most extreme example of homosexual hyperbole aimed at gaining sympathy among legislators and school administrators.
As part of the lobbying campaign for the Massachusetts school "gay rights" law, students stood on the steps of the State House held up signs such as "Gays Make Up 30% of Youth Suicides." The strategy, though deceitful, is brilliant. After all, who could be against protecting "at risk" kids from verbal and physical abuse -- even suicide? Kevin Jennings, a former history teacher and the founder of GLSTN, boasted of the propaganda line's success in a 1995 speech: "We immediately seized upon the opponents' calling card --safety -- and explained how homophobia represents a threat to students' safety by creating a climate where violence, name-calling, health problems, and suicide are common," he said. "In Massachusetts, no one could speak up against our frame and say, Why, yes, I do think students should kill themselves.' This allowed us to set the terms of the debate."
Critics saw the classic "bait-and-switch" tactic at work: win political support by tugging at the heartstrings, then move in with homosexual propaganda programs that promote one-sided "gay rights" shibboleths to impressionable students while leaving them ignorant of the health risks (and moral critiques) of homosexual behavior. Needless to say, ex- gays will not be sharing their experiences as part of Massachusetts "Safe Schools" program.
Jennings and fellow gay activists have an unlikely champion in Bill Weld, whose nomination as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico is being stalled by Sen. Jesse Helms. Massachusetts' homosexual lobby threw its support to Weld in 1992, helping him defeat feisty conservative Democrat John Silber. (Ironically, the quirky Weld later appointed Silber as chairman of the state Board of Education.) In return, Weld gave gay activists carte blanche in his administration, appointing several homosexuals to state posts. Among them was LaFontaine -- who several years ago was spotted in the periphery of an ACT UP protest in Boston in which homosexual militants pelted newly ordained Catholic priests (and their relatives) with condoms as they left a church induction ceremony. Now LaFontaine's activism is funded by the taxpayer. As the man behind the "Gay Youth Pride" rally, he looked on like a proud uncle as student after student stood on the steps of the State Capitol to rail against "homophobia' and praise Massachusetts for its "diversity."
At the rally, LaFontaine and his young followers celebrated that a full 100 Massachusetts high schools -- one third of the state's total -- now have homosexual-affirming "gay-straight alliance" clubs. His goal: a "GSA" in the remaining 200 schools in Massachusetts -- most in more tradition-minded regions of the state. There will be plenty of taxpayer money to re-educate the masses. The state budget for pro- homosexual youth programs has grown every year under Weld. And as a parting act, he gave LaFontaine a $1 million budget to administer his "gay youth" agenda next year. The only good news for the state's beleaguered pro-family movement is that under a parental rights law passed last year (coupled with good regulations approved by Silber), students will likely have to tell their parents of their involvement in GSAs, and parents will at least receive advance warning of pro- "gay" events in their child's school.
How far has taxpayer-funded homosexual promotion gone in Massachusetts schools? A clue can be found in a 76-page manual entitled "Gay/Straight Alliances: A Student Guide," produced by the Massachusetts Department of Education two years ago. The publication might as well have been written by Queer Nation, so blatant is its promotion of open and proud Homosexuality for young people. On page 9, students are told to "Display Posters in your school that educate people about homosexuality and homophobia." On page 29, they are instructed how to plan "Awareness Days" -- the same propaganda events that set off the Beuclers and their son. The manual reprints a "sample agenda" from a 1993 "Gay and Lesbian Awareness Day" at Newton South High School, which included a workshop on "Transgender Issues" ("A panel of transgender individuals talks about issues relating to transvestites and transsexuals"). On page 25, in a chapter on activities for the GSAs, the manual innocently recommends Tony Kushner's play, Angels in America. Not mentioned is that the play is laden with crude gay sexual references and features simulated sodomy and nudity (not to mention the cliche-ridden leftist diatribes). On page 26, the "Gay Straight Alliances" manual approvingly recounts a visit by some GSA members from Newton North High School to three eighth-grade classes at their former middle school: "The group members were exuberant ... knowing that they had helped to break the ignorance, silence and fear surrounding issues of homophobia at their alma mater. ..." Apparently in Massachusetts, it's never too early to indoctrinate students.
Back at the "Gay Youth Pride" rally in Boston, the mood was festive as an adult announced that "this is a no-smoking, non-alcoholic event" -- as it was sponsored by the Health Department. Sadly, the state's touching concern for teen welfare does not extend to enlightening them on the manifold risks of homosexual behavior. Syphilis, amebiasis, hepatitis A and B, AIDS.
Most boys I interviewed at the rally had no clue about threats to their physical well-being posed by "gay" sex practices -- except to mouth "safer sex" rhetoric about wearing a condom. The kids did seem to be well-versed in "gay" activism, though. Andy Anello, a 17-year- old junior from Canton High School, recalled how members of his GSA, called the "Rainbow Alliance," put pink triangles on every student locker as part of "Free Your Mind Week" at the school. Anello's mind may have been free, but like many at the rally, his face was heavily pierced -- an earring on his right eyebrow, two on both ears. He and the other "GLBT?" kids displayed the telltale signs of youthful rebellion, '90s-style. Now along comes the government with is "gay- straight" school movement to infuse them with homosexual ideology and "pride." It's heady stuff for alienated, confused teens looking for meaning in their lives and a place to fit in. "They're seducing them with attention," observes writer Eugene Narrett.
Emily Black, a 16-year-old sophomore, was excited about the "Gay Youth Pride" rally and told a Boston gay newspaper, "I hope that the people who came here today, who maybe don't have a supportive environment to go home to, will take away a feeling that they are important, that they are normal." Normal, indeed! It is one thing to ban abuse in schools -- or teach students to respect one another and have manners. But it is quite another for the state to promote homosexual "identity" with its attendant risks as "normal" to teenagers, while shielding them from opposing viewpoints. And what about "gay" activists as taxpayer-financed role models? At the homosexual "prom" later that evening, I witnessed a spectacle that would have made George Orwell shudder. Sterling Stowell, executive director of the sponsoring organization, the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth -- and a transvestite -- was carefully guarding the doors to City Hall to ensure that only approved press (i.e., no "homophobes") and students could enter. There was Mr./Mrs. Stowell, decked out in a colorful scarf-like gown, gaudy diamond-shaped earrings and full makeup -- serving as Chief Protector of the "at risk" school kids! Yep, the" gays" are in charge in Massachusetts, and I fear for the children.
(Peter LaBarbera is executive director of Accuracy in Academia and publisher of the Lambda Report on Homosexuality, which monitors the "gay rights" movement.)
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Postscript (J.D.S): There is much anecdotal reporting of homosexual guidance counselors in Massachusetts actually advising student to "try" homosexuality before rejecting it, adding that they owe it to themselves to experience it as they may well like it.
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