Educators called on to renew their commitment to LGBTQ youth

August 27, 2014

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PORTLAND — Last week, the National Education Association, the American Counseling Association, and Human Rights Campaign called on educators to renew their commitment this school year to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.

timetothrive_2015_263The organizations have also teamed up to promote their 2nd annual Time To THRIVE conference to be held February 13-15th in Portland, Oregon.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization working for, among other things, the legalization of same-sex marriages.

According to Human Rights Campaign’s website, the purpose of the Time to THRIVE conference is to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth everywhere.

While HRC claims their movement is about safety and inclusion for gay youth because, “the deck continues to be stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in America”, the organization recklessly promotes sexual activity among youth.

For example, HRC, advocates for comprehensive sex education in all schools, for all ages, and promotes the start of youth-led school based Gay Straight Alliances (or GSAs).

GSAs were started by GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, an organization founded and led by former Obama safe schools adviser, Kevin Jennings.

A quick look at GSA’s recommended reading list confirms that these clubs promote sexual activity among youth. For example, graphic books about homosexual sex, like Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez and Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, are recommended to GSA members, which includes middle school age children.

According to GLSEN, there are more than 4,000 GSAs in America’s middle and high schools today.

Last year, hundreds of educators from around the country attended the Time to THRIVE conference, and because of its exposure, largely due to the long list of celebrity speakers, many more are expected to attend in February.

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