Regardless of whether the quote is true or not, there is no denying that GLSEN should have been involved in the educational process. While GLSEN has done much, there is still much more to do. Jennings states on the GLSEN website:
75 percent of America's students still do not have legal protections in place; More than 80 percent of our high schools still lack GSA's or similar student clubs; Nearly 70 percent of high school students admit that they personally use homophobic and derogatory epithets frequently or often.
Ms. Massresistance seems to believe that its all a sham and gay and lesbian youth do not have higher incidents of suicide. Remember that Article 8 wants the Governor to veto the spending for suicide and violence prevention for youth. Massresistance wants the Governor to veto all the funding for the Commission for Gay and Lesbian youth. This infuriates me because these ignorant people keep denying the truth.
- Gay and lesbian people exist, we're not going away, we've been here since the beginning.
- Gay and lesbian youth exist and are five times more likely to attempt suicide, three times more likely to miss school because of feeling unsafe and three times more likely to have been injured othreateneded with a weapon at school(Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results - 2003)
- Gay and lesbian couples can adopt and/or have children
- Gay and lesbian couples can get legally married in Massachusetts.
I did not come out until I was 27. I came out because a student at my high school was bashed in school for being gay. That boy then took his own life because of thharassmentnt he experienced. I vowed to never again hide in a closet.
GLBT teens need to know that they are normal and that there is nothing wrong with them. They can be teachers, doctors, engineers, parents, etc... They have nothing to be ashamed of. These hateful people: Massresistance, Article 8, Mass Family Institute, etc... want to turn back the clock and change these kids, we want to accept them as they are.
We don't choose to be gay, the only choice we have is whether to hide it or not.
Silence = Death.