At Mass. Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender youth meeting:
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health funding homosexual / transgender movement in schools
To make up for GLBT Youth Commission funding cuts during budget crisis
Dec. 19, 2008
The madness continues. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is giving full support to the homosexual / transgender movement in Massachusetts schools, DPH Commissioner John Auerbach (who is "married" to another man) told the taxpayer-funded Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Bisexual Youth at their meeting on Dec. 15 at New Mission High School in Roxbury.
The DPH has given $150,000 of its budgeted money to the Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth to make up for the $150,000 which the Governor cut from the Commission's $850,000 budget in October because of the massive budget crisis in Massachusetts. In other words, money which was meant for public health is now being diverted by the DPH to homosexual programs in the schools.
Auerbach addressed the Mass. GLBT Commission at the meeting. Among the highlights:
Auerbach described the intricacies of state budget "earmarks" and explained why they should not automatically be considered bad. He then spoke vaguely about desiring to insulate the GLBT Commission from budget cuts.
Auerbach said that the DPH is funded on a line item basis. Most state agencies have only have a few line items but DPH has about 50. It's illegal to shift money to fund other things. But he said "we get creative."
The GLBT Youth Commission's budget chairman acknowledged that $150K was scheduled to be cut from the Youth Commission's budget. Luckily, it "was covered by" Commissioner Auerbach.
Additionally, the budget chairman recommended that the GLBT Youth Commission follow the example of the Commission on the Status of Women in using the trust fund money.
Auerbach elaborated on "trust fund money." In the past the DPH has sought little private money. Using such money was problematic until they discovered that trust funds could be set up for the private grant money. He said now that they know how to do this they are actively seeking private money.
[MassResistance note: This has been discussed at other GLBT Youth Commission meetings. Look for big corporate or private foundation money to help fund homosexual programs targeting children, through this Commission.]
Transgenderism and the DPH
Commissioner Auerbach replied that he wants to advance "transgender health" while they have the opportunity. He applauded the commission's attention to trans health and said "We will listen to your recommendations."
Gunner Scott (a woman GLBT Commissioner with a beard and sideburns) stated that she wants the DPH to consider trans people for leadership roles within DPH. Auerbach agreed. He said there must be specific policies and practices for recruiting transgender leaders and role models in the DPH. They'll need to ensure proper advertising, and ensure that their human resources people send the right message. He said it would require training.
Gay clubs and "youth oriented programs"
Jessica Flaherty, Director of Programs at BAGLY (a transgender-oriented group that targets teenagers), noted the lack of connectivity between various youth oriented programs since much funding for that purpose was cut in 2001.
Auerbach also said DPH was close to releasing a new sex website for youth.
"Safe Schools", homosexuality, and "anti-bullying" agenda
GLBT Commissioner Arthur Lipkin said money in the funding increase was supposed to be used to hire a Director of Safe Schools (which would coordinate gay-straight alliance clubs and their affiliated programs in schools) but the statewide hiring freeze stopped it. He has talked to DPH, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and various legislators but they all say no one can be appointed right now. Wants to make sure the money gets funneled into youth assistance instead. [Note: ESE was formerly called DOE - Dept. of Education - but renamed under the Patrick administration.]
Lipkin said he also wants money to be used for "education on peer influences" - i.e., anti-bullying/harassment programs. He said commission member Ed Byrne has done good work with the GSA at the New Mission High School (where tonight's meeting was held). Also said Paul Poteet, a researcher on bullying at Boston College, presented info on bullying today at New Mission High School. Poteet researches both school and out-of-school programs. (Anti-bullying programs are another popular way for activists to integrate homosexuality issues into schools.)
"Safe Spaces" in schools
"Safe Spaces" is part of the "Safe Schools" program, and is yet another homosexual-oriented activity in the schools. School officials designate "safe" homosexual-friendly places in the schools, marked by pink triangles and other signage.
GLBT Youth Commissioner Judy Vreeland said Safe Spaces money was transferred from ESE to DPH. She said that John Bynoe, Associate Commissioner of ESE, has agreed its important to hold regional conferences on Safe Spaces. About $90K has been allocated for these conferences, and also for Safe Schools training.
Branching out to other state departments
Vreeland also said a letter was sent to Mass. Human Services Secretary Judy Bigby asking what services are currently offered to GLBT Youth in that department.
Election of new Commission Chairman
Jacob Smith Yang was voted to be next year's Chairman. Yang, a committed homosexual activist, said that one of his goals is for GLBT youth to be "fully realized people" (whatever that means). He said he also wants "external partners such as DPH and ESE" and for the Commission to be a "bully pulpit to hold government departments and agencies accountable" for having sufficient pro-homosexual policies and actions. He added that he think that there is a "public relations problem" and he wants "to create a communication and branding plan." (Note: we're assuming that Yang is a "he" but that hasn't positively established, given Yang's androgynous appearance.)
Alex Morse, a homosexual activist who came in second in the Chairmanship voting, said he wants to work over the next year with Boston, Worcester, and Springfield school committees "because of their large populations." For additional funding he wants to look to "local money" as well as private funding. He also wants to tailor their approach to middle school students better, not have it be the same as the way they approach high school students. And he wants to use "sociological data" to "make the Commission as efficient as possible."