It’s no secret that I’ve been critical of some of the decisions made by the Human Rights Campaign (“HRC”) and comments made by their spokespeople, but what should also be apparent is, like any organization, the HRC was developed with people power. Like me, all of those people are fallible. Mistakes can and do happen. It took me a long time to recognize that for myself. Sometimes, I speak for me, sometimes I speak for an organization – at no time is my speech necessarily correct.
Bryan Fischer, the host of the American [Heterosexual Only] Family Association’s [AFA] radio show, Focal Point, recently declared on an AFA blog post that GLSEN was to blame for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender suicides. His theory, it seems, is that you can eliminate the high incidents of suicide in LGBT kids by eliminating LGBT kids.
It’s starting to seem like the State of Mississippi has declared an outright war on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens. This bully pulpit is evident in numerous decisions by school districts to exclude openly LGBT kids from school activities.
There’s the obvious and well publicized case of Constance McMillen, an openly lesbian student at Itawamba Agricultural High School (“IAHS”), who, after receiving notice that same-sex couples would not be allowed at the school’s prom, requested permission from school officials to take a same-sex date.
How deep does homophobia have to go before society, at large, admits that it is a serious problem? Police in Queensland, Australia are currently investigating a man who allegedly paid a prostitute to rape his 15 year old son because he thought his son was homosexual. According to reports, the man took the boy to a motel, gave a female prostitute $50.0o and told his son that he wanted to see a unsed condom to evidence that he was getting what he was paying for.
It’s never really mattered if you are gay or not, just the perception of homosexuality has been enough to cause peers to harass and bully you for your “faggot-ness.” The unfortunate and untimely deaths of Carl Walker-Hoover, an 11 year old 6th grader in Massachusetts, and Jaheem Herrera, and 11 year old 5th grader in Georgia, have brought to the media’s attention what LGBT activist have been saying for years, “We must protect our children.”
According to Mike (name changed to protect the innocent), a 17 year old senior at Grandfield High School, Ms. Taylor had been teaching The Laramie Project for about a month without incident. In fact, prior to teaching the story, Ms. Taylor was required to obtain approval for the play, and approval was given.