At GLSEN 2008 homosexual youth conference in Boston:
The next step: Setting up gay “GSA” clubs in middle schools
Gay sex: “...not our main agenda, but we’ve got to keep it in the agenda”
Posted: April 9, 2008
The new frontier for homosexual gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs is the middle schools, say the gay activists. These clubs bring in kids, but also serve as the beachhead for other homosexual programs in a school. The GLSEN conference included two workshops and three handouts (below) on the how-to of getting them into the schools. They seem very serious about this.
These handouts were distributed at the workshops listed below:
GLSEN presented two workshops specifically for this purpose. We attended one of them. Here's how they were listed in the conference guide:
GSAs in Middle School?!?
Empowering Middle School LGBTQ Students
Workshop teaches selling the idea to middle school officials
The GSA’s in Middle School workshop started out with people introducing themselves. One person was a 52-year-old school guidance councilor and psychologist who has a 31-year-old lesbian daughter. Another was a teacher from Cambridge. A third was a guidance councilor from Leominster.
The workshop presenter, a professional GLSEN homosexual organizer, talked about their experiences of setting up GSA’s in middle schools in other states. They talked about the problems one faces and how to solve them. They discussed the language one uses to persuade school officials. “You have to be very careful, very polite, very nice” they were told.
The presenter said, there are no middle school GSAs in Massachusetts public schools. There are some in private schools, and some in other states. The big problem is successfully pitching the idea to middle school officials, and the presenter spent time discussing that and gave out a handout.
Stresses “gay identity” rather than gay sex -- right now
When the subject of homosexual sex came up, the advice was, “Don’t leave sex out . . It’s not our main agenda, but we’ve got to keep it in the agenda.” It needs to be done subtly. What should the focus be? Three overlapping circles were drawn on the whiteboard with the words: Social, Advocacy, and Support. This is how it was to appear on the surface.
When working with middle school kids, it’s not “sex” focused but “identity” focused, they were told. (Thus, it’s a kid’s identity they want to change – to a gay identity.) From the 5th through the 8th grade, they use very careful language and work in issues such as ant-bullying, etc. They leave the gay sex issues for the gay-friendly school councilors to deal with kids one-on-one, they said.
What about parents?
The homosexual newspaper Bay Windows also reported on the push into middle schools, describing it as “charting new territory.” In particular, Bay Windows noted the problem of keeping parents out of the way has to be dealt with:
But as we’ve seen, the modus operendi for GSAs is total secrecy, especially regarding parents.