Thursday, December 10, 2009
Kevin Jennings’ GLSEN has support in the highest places. We’ve reported that Jennings and his “partner” hosted Barack Obama in their home during the Presidential campaign. And the Bidens are indebted as well for Jennings' help delivering the GLBTQQIPS* vote.
On June 1, 2009, Jill Biden (Mrs. Joe) proudly appeared as "a very special guest" at GLSEN's gala “Respect Awards” fundraiser in New York. [See video here.]
Who's up next year? Michelle Obama? (Unless, of course, Kevin Jennings has left his office as "Safe Schools Czar" in disgrace by then.) Maybe Mrs. O will bring her daughters to "jump start" their participation in this "civil rights" battle.
Jill Biden said:
(2:35) As an English teacher [at high school and community college], I’ve read my students’ personal journals and learned through intimate conversations about their pain and their anxiety. …
(5:00) [The goal:] ending bigotry and fear … I am proud to tell you that the Obama-Biden administration shares your commitment to making sure that every student has a safe school. Each child, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression deserves an education. Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – and he’s a great guy – met with GLSEN student leaders to hear ideas about improving their schools. And starting next month, Secretary Duncan will have an excellent partner in this work – someone you all know well: GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings. … This is GREAT NEWS!
NEW YORK, May 13, 2009 - GLSEN is very pleased to announce confirmation of a very special guest at the Respect Awards - New York gala: Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President and a lifelong educator. Dr. Biden will also provide brief remarks at the gala dinner, which will be held at Gotham Hall in New York City on June 1....
Dr. Biden has a long history of activism and service in her community and she continues to work to raise awareness on education, military families, and women's health issues. GLSEN's Respect Awards recognize individual and corporate leaders who have helped propel GLSEN's efforts to ensure safe schools for all of America's students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
*GLBTQQIPS: gay lesbian bisexual transgender queer questioning intersex poly swinger
(We think that’s what the “S” is – but we await possible correction from MediaMatters.)