I could never understand why the anti-gay ideologues trying to prevent the honest, humane discussion of sexual orientation in Montgomery County schools fought tooth and nail to keep this statement out of the curriculum:
Children who have fleeting same-sex attractions may assume incorrectly that they are gay or lesbian. Mere fleeting attraction does not prove sexual orientation.
Why would they object to this? I would think that, of all the statements of fact in the curriculum, this is the one they would approve of – after all, it recognizes that adolescent feelings and identities can be confusing, and resists the tendency to label.
Now we know why the anti-gay activists didn’t want teachers telling students this – it would undermine the next lie they were preparing to tell. The newest anti-gay talking point is the claim that teachers and guidance counselors are telling students the opposite – that if they have same-sex attractions, they are gay. This is from the notoriously far right Arlington Diocese, published in the “culture war” journal First Things, but I’ve recently seen the same material, almost word-for-word, from other local Anti-Gay Industry outlets:
[Allowing Gay/Straight Alliances] means the approval of homosexuality and, in a new form of name-calling, an insistence that adolescents who experience same-sex attractions “come out” as homosexual…
…they immediately conclude that an adolescent with homosexual inclinations must necessarily be homosexual, or gay, or lesbian, or transgendered – whichever label fits…
…Adolescents legitimately confused or anxious about their sexuality receive the advice to assume the homosexual label…[emphases added]
This is the new meme for attacking Gay/Straight Alliances, and we’ll be hearing it over and over from “Virginia Family Foundation,” “PFOX,” Chuck Colson’s “Prison Fellowship Ministries,” Lynn Chapman’s “Family Leader Network,” and other familiar AGI tools. The appearance of this meme indicates that there will be more legislative attempts to interfere with GSAs and student rights in the upcoming General Assembly session. We’ll keep you posted with updates as the bills are filed.
You can help educate lawmakers and protect our young people by participating in Equality Virginia’s Lobby Day and Legislative Reception in Richmond, Thursday, January 24. As always, a Loudoun delegation will be traveling down for the day, and we’ll arrange carpooling as needed. No experience is necessary, training will be provided. Register here.