Three HIV instructors in Massachusetts are at the center of a growing
controversy after reportedly conducting sexually explicit workshops for
teenagers and holding sessions to train teachers in the art of injecting
positive homosexual themes into public school materials — down to the
elementary school level.
Two state employees in the HIV division of the Department of
Education and an HIV consultant with the Department of Public Health led
a March 25 “Teach Out” held at Tufts University. The event was sponsored
by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN.
Teachers who attended the conference received state development
credits for their participation. The Massachusetts Department of
Education provides funding to GLSEN through its “Safe Schools Program.”
Scott Whiteman, with the Massachusetts-based Parents Rights
Coalition, attended several of these workshops and secretly recorded
them. GLSEN has since threatened him with legal action for doing so,
claiming that all participants at the “Teach Out” had to agree to a
policy of confidentiality.
According to Brian Camenker, president of the Parents Rights
Coalition, the idea of any
confidentiality requirement is a fabrication.
“There was nothing told either verbally or in print in any of the
literature surrounding the event about not tape recording it. There was
absolutely nothing about this — and believe me, we’ve been through
absolutely everything,” Camenker stated.
To document the event, Whitehead and Camenker wrote a detailed and
“Kids Get Graphic Instruction In Homosexual Sex,”
in The Massachusetts News.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network claims the conference was only for “registered” participants. Camenker says it was a public event, open to anyone who wanted to attend. Whiteman registered under his own name and paid his fee.
Whiteman says he was shocked to learn what state employees were teaching children. Two of the instructors, Margot Abels and Julie Netherland, are listed as HIV counselors, while Michael Gaucher is listed as an HIV consultant. These instructors travel to schools throughout Massachusetts conducting HIV workshops for teens.
According to Whiteman, in one “Teach Out” workshop entitled, “What They Didn’t Tell You About Queer Sex & Sexuality in Health Class: A Workshop For Youth Only, Ages 14-21,” the three instructors encouraged teens to openly discuss various homosexual sex acts in the most explicit manner.
Abels and Gaucher, according to Whiteman, both discussed the practice of “fisting” — putting one’s hand inside the anus or vagina of a sexual partner. Gaucher taught the children how to make a fist. He also discussed the pros and cons of ingesting male body fluid during oral sex.
Abels told the teens that “fisting” often gets a bad rap. She said that it was “an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with.”
According to Whiteman, the entire session ran 55 minutes before there was any mention of condoms or “safer sex.” When condoms were discussed, the teachers pointed out that teens could make an “informed decision” not to use condoms.
Outside in the hallways, various organizations had set up tables to distribute male and female condoms and other sexual paraphernalia. The Sidney Borum Community Health Center, for example, was handing out “Pocket Sex” kits, which included two condoms, two antiseptic moist towelettes and six bandages. According to the teen who was handing out the sex kits, the bandages were for “when the sex got really rough.”
In the workshop for teachers, Margot Abels reportedly told the audience that “sex is central to every single one of us, and particularly queer youth.” Abels works on the Gay/Straight Alliance HIV Education Project — an effort of the Massachusetts Department of Education. “GSAs” are being established in public schools throughout Massachusetts and the nation.
Whiteman says the conference also included workshops entitled:
- Ask the Transsexuals
- Early Childhood Educators: How to Decide Whether to Come Out or Not
- Lesbian Avengers: How to Promote Queer-Friendly Activism in Your Schools and in Your Lives
- Diesel Dykes and Lipstick Lesbians: Defining and Exploring Butch/Femme Identity
- The Religious Wrong: Dealing Effectively with Opposition in Your Community
- Starting a Gay/Straight Alliance in Your School
Parents Rights Coalition fights back
According to PRC’s Camenker, “In the Boston press and elsewhere, GLSEN officials don’t deny these things happened. They stand behind the conference. They’re trying to say these kids were just asking questions and being told honest answers. This is a complete lie. The tapes prove that beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Camenker added, “If the rest of the country wants to know where the homosexual movement is going, all they have to do is look at Massachusetts. Homosexuals claim that Massachusetts is their model for the rest of the country. They’re very proud of the fact that they’ve been able to make so much progress and use this thing about ‘safety’ [for homosexual teens] as their entree into schools. It’s all bogus.”
On April 25, Whiteman attended a Massachusetts State Board of Education meeting and presented evidence of the instruction at the “Teach Out.” According to Camenker, the board wasn’t interested. Instead, it passed a statewide law forcing schools to accept a Gay/Straight Alliance if the state wants a school to have one.
On April 18, the Parents Rights Coalition sent a letter of concern to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office, asking for an investigation of the “Teach Out.”
In the PRC letter, Whiteman noted that the instructors at the “Teach Out” may have violated several state laws that criminalize the enticing of a person into prostitution or sexual intercourse; inducing a person under 18 to engage in sexual intercourse; and distributing materials harmful to minors. The PRC has not heard back from the district attorney, and Camenker tells WorldNetDaily that no one wants to talk about the “Teach Out” or to take any action against what was taught.
Education officials respond
WorldNetDaily’s repeated calls to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for comment were not returned. Michael Gaucher referred WorldNetDaily to a public health department PR spokesman who in turn referred WND to a person who is on vacation. Julie Netherland said she is forbidden by department policy from speaking directly to the press and referred WND to Darrell Pressley, the director of media relations in the Massachusetts Department of Education.
According to Pressley, the department is investigating what was said or not said at the “Teach Out” by Netherland, Gaucher and Abels. The Department of Education did not fund or sponsor the event, he said, and the HIV teachers volunteered their time for the “Teach Out.”
Pressley agreed that it would be a violation of policy for HIV teachers to tell children about fisting, ingesting body fluids and anal intercourse. He also noted, however, that the Department of Education does have programs that discuss “safety” in schools for homosexuals and health issues for gays and lesbians.
WorldNetDaily also interviewed Alan Safran, deputy commissioner of education with the Massachusetts Department of Education. According to Safran, the department had no involvement in the “Teach Out,” other than two employees presenting workshops.
“We didn’t sponsor the conference. We didn’t host the conference. We didn’t design the conference. We didn’t recruit, advertise, organize, register people for the conference,” said Safran.
He could not confirm what the presenters said in the workshops until he reviews the tape made by Whiteman.
When asked if these presenters would be in violation of department policy for teaching about fisting or anal intercourse in a public school, Safran responded: “It wouldn’t have happened in a public school setting. It’s not what our people do in a public school setting. Sure, if this had been done by our people in a public school, it would have been outside of their parameters of what the job is.”
Safran noted that “our people don’t intend to have these workshops in the future.” He said he wants to determine — by listening to the tape — what level of involvement his employees had in the conference.
“Let’s see what our people did and said and the context — if they were asking the questions or if they were responding to questions.”
According to PRC’s Camenker, the homosexual activist agenda is being promoted in the public schools through the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth and the Safe Schools Program — two programs originated under former Republican Governor William Weld’s administration. Weld’s successor, current Republican Gov. Paul Celluci, has increased funding for the gay and lesbian youth commission.
Frank York is a contributing reporter to WorldNetDaily.