Friday, August 26, 2011

Reading, Writing, and Harassment

Your gay child may ace Algebra I this year, but don’t think his social life will be as easy.  According to a 2009 survey by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), nearly two thirds of gay and lesbian teens feel unsafe in school.

Unfortunately, untrained teachers, and even principals, in middle and high schools often don’t take action to protect your student from bullying or hurtful remarks such as “that’s so gay” meaning that’s so lame.

Fortunately, parents have an ally in GLSEN. This leading national education organization fights to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. It has step-by-step guides to hosting educator, community training programs as well as age-appropriate anti-bullying measures such as Gay-Straight Alliances.

To find a chapter near you, visit this website: GLSEN

Monday, August 1, 2011

No General Swim, Lanyards at This Camp. Just Drama and Horror Stories at the Campsites!

While the “dog days of August” may seem like the perfect time to send your(gay) child to camp, don’t be tempted by ex-gay camps! You may be a Molotov cocktail of emotions at this time: sadness, fear, disbelief, guilt, shame, right? But whatever you’re feeling, don’t think your child’s sexual orientation is a problem that needs “fixing,”and can be solved by one of these brainwashing programs! Ask yourself why is it important for your gay child to become heterosexual in the first place!

What are these “Pray-a-Gay Away” Camps?

These boot camps are run by Christian ministries. They may sound good on paper, but they use behavior modification to make your child act straight and suppress his/her homosexual feelings. The camps operate on the premise that people are gay because of early childhood abuse and/or arrested emotional growth. Ionically, they arose in the 1970’s when the American Psychological Association declassified homosexuality as a “mental disorder.”

Gay-to-Straight Seldom Works! Think “La Cage Aux Folles.”

In 2009, the American Psychological Association concluded that