‘Gay-straight’ clubs in schools anger foes

The Washington Times
November 17, 2004
By Christina Bellantoni

Family groups and state lawmakers say “gay-straight” student clubs in the region – some even are operating at middle schools – promote homosexuality and encourage teens to be sexually active.

Students in Virginia, Maryland and the District have formed dozens of such school clubs in an attempt to foster tolerance.

The formation of these clubs has become an issue in Virginia, where homosexual-rights advocates say the clubs help communities bridge divisions – but more conservative groups fear students will be lured into engaging in behavior they don’t support.

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