Framing the issue - How the homosexual movement got into the Massachusetts schools.
How the homosexual movement uses lies and deceptions -- claiming "safety" and "suicide prevention" -- to get into the schools.
Originally posted Dec. 1, 1996
Updated April 6, 2015
The following is from a speech entitled "Winning the Culture
War" by Kevin Jennings, who at the time was Executive Director of the "Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network" (GLSEN). It was delivered at the
"Human Rights Campaign Fund Leadership Conference" -- a national
homosexual activists' event -- on March 5, 1995.
The homosexual movement in the public schools has always been based on lies
and deception. But until the mid-1990s, they were still having difficulty getting into the
schools. Then they found the key to their huge success -- what they call
"re-framing the issue". As a result, they've been able to persuade the Massachusetts Legislature to
budget hundreds of thousands of public dollars for programs promoting homosexuality in the public schools. And their
"gay-straight alliance" clubs, which started in Massachusetts, now are in hundreds of schools from Maine to San
In this landmark speech to the national gay movement, Jennings described
how GLSEN and Gov. Weld's "Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth" brought
homosexuality programs into Massachusetts schools by purposefully confusing the
argument in order to intimidate critics. Since then, it's been used as a model
for getting their propaganda into school districts across America. (In the first
sentence, note the technique of marginalizing mainstream
opposition as "the Radical Right.")
Framing the Issue in Massachusetts
by Kevin Jennings, founder of GLSEN
From a speech entitled "Winning the Culture War"
presented at the
Human Rights Campaign Fund Leadership Conference
March 5, 1995
"If the Radical Right can succeed in portraying us as preying on
children, we will lose. Their language -- "promoting
homosexuality" is one example -- is laced with subtle and not-so-
subtle innuendo that we are "after their kids." We must learn from
the abortion struggle, where the clever claiming of the term "pro-life" allowed those who opposed abortion on demand to frame the
issue to their advantage, to make sure that we do not allow
ourselves to be painted into a corner before the debate even
"In Massachusetts the effective reframing of this issue was the
key to the success of the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian
Youth. We immediately seized upon the opponent's 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. Titling our
report 'Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth,' we
automatically threw our opponents onto the defensive and stole
their best line of attack. This framing short-circuited their
arguments and left them back-pedaling from day one.
"Finding the effective frame for your community is the key to
victory. It must be linked to universal values that everyone in
the community has in common. 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 for debate.
"In Massachusetts, we made creating an environment where youth
could speak out our number one priority. We know that, confronted
with real-life stories of youth who had suffered from homophobia,
our opponents would have to attack people who had already been
victimized once, which put them in a bully position from which it
would be hard to emerge looking good. More importantly, we made
sure these youth met with elected officials so that, the next time
these officials had to vote on something, there would be a specific
face and story attached to the issue. We wanted them to have an
actual kid in mind when they had to cast their votes. We won the
final vote in the Senate 33-7 as a result."
The losers: parents and children
Now do you get it? Parents are always astounded when they are told that the
gay-themed plays, gay clubs, secret counseling sessions, gay books, and other
school-wide homosexual events are for "safety" and "suicide prevention."
In fact, none of these so-called suicide prevention programs have
any legitimate medical or psychological basis. No one with actual credentials to deal with suicide, or even
mainstream suicide-prevention groups such as the Samaritans, are ever involved.
Yet, they're dealing with vulnerable children.
Upon examination, you see that all of these programs are simply put
together by homosexual activists to normalize homosexuality in the
minds of as many kids as possible -- and if possible without any
parental knowledge or consent.
Why don't our public officials hold these up to the light, like
other academic subjects, and objectively examine their content? We've asked
that question a lot -- of school officials, teachers, and legislators.
And we never get an answer. Actually, we know what the problem is. Too many of our
public officials are intimidated by the homosexual movement, and are afraid to challenge them.
So they continue to get hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars from your legislature for their insidious programs in your public schools.
From their website:
"The Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth was created by
Governor William F. Weld on February 10th, 1992, in response to an
epidemic of suicide among gay and lesbian youth. On October 7th,
1998, Governor A. Paul Cellucci expanded the powers of the Commission
and renewed the executive office’s commitment to combat suicide and
violence affecting gay and lesbian youth.
"Many of the difficulties encountered by gay and lesbian youth are
within the jurisdiction of state government and can be corrected by
the dissemination of information, training, and the implementation of
formal guidelines and state policy.
"The Commission works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department
of Education and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to
create school based and community based programs focusing on suicide
prevention, violence intervention, and the promotion of zero-
tolerance policies regarding harassment and discrimination against
gay and lesbian youth."
What to do?
The homosexual movement cannot operate without using lies and
deception. When the light of day is shown on their activities
in the public schools, and when people are forced to objectively
examine them, they are seen for the destructive things they are.
Parents must shine the light of day on these activities and loudly and forcefully demand that public officials get rid of them.
But unfortunately, until this happens, it's the children
who are continued to be experimented on and used -- and it's the
parents who are eventually left to pick up the pieces.
A final interesting note: In 1995, when the speech referenced
above was given, GLSEN was
officially known as GLSTN, "Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers
Network." This was a more accurate description of the
organization, since it is in fact a mostly network of homosexual
teachers working to bring homosexuality into schools. But being
honest is bad public relations in this case. So soon afterwards,
they changed their name to GLSEN - "Gay, Lesbian, and Straight
Education Network." Talk about framing the issue!