According to a press release issued today, the anti-gay organization Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) grows more and more concerned about the growth of Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) in US Schools leading to the creation of Safe Spaces for queer and questioning youth (and for youth who have queer loved ones.)
The press release states,
Most disturbing is the willingness of homosexual activists to use our youth to advance an agenda.
Students are asked to distribute literature and put up posters with the message that ex-gays exist, and then report to us the results of their efforts. We also encourage them to start Gay to Straight Clubs, and ask that the ex-gay viewpoint be included in all diversity day presentations that discuss homosexuality. We provide the students with a Students’ Rights Brochure, sample graphics to use to create their own literature, health statistics, and a list of organizations that affirm a person’s decision to leave homosexuality.
First of all, doesn’t PFOX know that GSAs welcome people who are questioning their sexual orientation and identity? That means young people are encouraged to be open about all their options as they consider who they are.
Of course this gay to straight student club scheme appears to be exclusively adult-initiated, unlike most GSAs which start by concerned youth (many of them straight) in an attempt to make their school a safer place from bullies and bigots.
Perhaps the GSAs are working if we now need safe spaces FOR bullies and bigots.
Read the press release for yourself to discover how skillfully they lift language from the LGBT struggle for inclusion and survival. (Hmmm, I wonder how they will present their “life-giving” message in public schools without mentioning faith in Jesus Christ.)