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Homosexual advocacy groups have pooled resources and are vying for a $1 million prize to promote homosexuality to American children online and in public and private schools across the nation.
GLSEN shared its plans, should it win the $1 million prize.
“GLSEN’s Big Idea is to send our newly updated Safe Space Kit to every middle and high school in the country, public and private,” GLSEN announced. “We want every school in the country to have a guide to help educators create safe spaces for LGBT youth in school that also provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, educating about anti-LGBT bullying and advocating for changes in schools.”
The Safe Space Kit features a 47-page “Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students.” According to GLSEN, the guide provides teachers with “strategies for supporting LGBT students, educating about anti-LGBT bias and advocating for changes in your school.”
It also includes “Safe Space” posters and stickers for schools, featuring the “Safe Space” symbol – a combination of the rainbow homosexual pride flag, the “gay” pink triangle and the lesbian black triangle.
GLSEN’s kit offers a guide on how teachers can be a “supportive ally to LGBT students … and create a safer school environment for all students.”
“This guide will provide practical ways to transform schools into a safer place for all students by supporting and educating students, sharing your knowledge with other educators and advocating for school-wide changes,” GLSEN explains.
The group explains that the guide contains the following four sections:
Know the Issues gives background information about the experiences of LGBT students and anti-LGBT bias.
Support describes specific actions you can take to be an effective support to LGBT students.
Educate discusses ways to teach students and inform school staff about combating anti-LGBT bias and behavior.
Advocate provides strategies you can use to promote change within your school.
The kit urges “allies” to “speak out,” “stand up” and “end oppression by supporting and advocating for people who are stigmatized, discriminated against or treated unfairly.”
GLSEN’s “Safe Space” symbol
It also encourages teachers to do the following:
“work to improve the school climate”
support creation of homosexual clubs
wear rainbow buttons and wristbands
include positive representations of homosexuals in curriculums
post quotes from famous homosexual icons and information about LGBT History Month in classrooms
distribute the GLSEN guide to school staff at meetings, post the guide in teacher lounges and put it in the mailboxes of all staff members
work with the school principal to obtain training for staff on “the school experiences of LGBT students and anti-LGBT bullying and harassment”
conduct surveys of students, staff and parents on their experiences with biased language, harassment and assault
implement a gender-neutral dress code
encourage gender-neutral and/or private bathrooms and changing areas
conduct proms, homecoming and athletic events that “allow for gender-neutral alternatives to “King” and “Queen”
plan Valentine’s Day celebrations “inclusive of LGBT and non-coupled students’
push for library resources and displays that are “inclusive of LGBT people, history and issues”
work with school officials to ensure Internet filters aren’t blocking access to websites with “LGBT-related information, such as research, historical facts or supportive services for LGBT youth”
Teachers are asked to complete the following “LGBT-Inclusive School Checklist”:
The kit also asks teachers to “use LGBT-related terminology accurately and respectfully” and learn the following terms: queer, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, bisexual, androgynous, gender non-conforming, gay, transgender, gender expression, gender identity, lesbian and sexual orientation.
“Through casual conversation and during classroom time, make sure the language you are using is inclusive of all people,” GLSEN tells teachers. “When referring to people in general, try using words like ‘partner’ instead of ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ or ‘husband/wife,’ and avoid gendered pronouns, using ‘they’ instead of ‘he/she.’”
The sexually graphic books the Jennings-founded GLSEN recommends for children also have been the subject of reports. Writings have been reviewed with titles such as “Queer 13,” “Being Different,” “The Full Spectrum,” “Revolutionary Voices,” “Reflections of a Rock Lobster,” “Passages of Pride,” “Growing Up Gay – Growing Up Lesbian,” “The Order of the Poison Oak,” “In Your Face,” “Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son” and “Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth.”
GLSEN-recommended “Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade”
A report published online by Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit blog stated, “We were unprepared for what we encountered. Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between preschoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air.”
In addition to GLSEN’s pleading with the Facebook community for votes, the Matthew Shepard Foundation also urged Facebook users to choose the trio in the Chase Community Giving contest: “This funding would enable the foundation to create new online, interactive learning programs that take parents, students, and other members of the general public through scenarios depicting the way hate emerges in everyday situations – and how to respond positively.”â€¨
The three organizations finished among the top 100 charities out of more than 500,000 in the first round of the contest, held Nov. 15 through Dec. 12, 2009. Each group received a $25,000 grant.
At the time of this report, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Trevor Project were listed among the top 25 favorites for the $1 million prize. GLSEN is currently ranked No. 37, with more than 7,000 votes.
On or around Feb. 1, one organization will receive $1 million from Chase. Five runner-up organizations will receive $100,000 each. Also, an advisory board will select additional nominated charities to share in another $1 million.
“JPMorgan Chase donates a total of more than $100 million annually to more than 3,000 non-profit organizations in local communities, nationally and abroad,” Chase said in a statement. “This $5 million Facebook effort is in addition to the bank’s traditional philanthropic giving, and if successful, the bank hopes to commit more of its annual philanthropy funds using this innovative method of giving.”