The MassResistance blog began in early 2005 with a Massachusetts focus on judicial tyranny, same-sex "marriage", and LGBT activism in our schools. We broadened our focus to national-level threats to our Judeo-Christian heritage, the Culture of Life, and free speech. In 2006, Article 8 Alliance adopted the name "MassResistance" for its organization.
CAUTION: R-rated subject matter.
The question continues to be asked: Would “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings have expected the explicit content in the GLSEN Fistgate fisting workshop?
The DOE employees who led that GLSEN-Boston workshop in 2000 worked for Jeff Perrotti and Kim Westheimer, the program directors and coordinators for the “Safe Schools” program in the Massachusetts DOE since its inception in 1993. Perrotti and Westheimer published a book in 2001, When the Drama Club Is Not Enough; Lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. They tell about the early days of the program.
In 1993, shortly after Kevin Jennings’ Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth education committee report was released, and the state Board of Education unanimously adopted four out of five of his recommendations, the Commission:
… lobbied government officials to fund the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian students at the Massachusetts DOE. In its first year, the program provided teacher trainings, resource materials, and grant money to schools to help them implement the Board of Education Recommendations. …
The Massachusetts Safe Schools Program attracted a group of innovative, committed activists and educators. We were given a unique opportunity to develop a landmark program, and there were no models to follow. We started by asking, “What do you think this program should be about?” “Whom should we talk to?” “How do we start?” And people told us.
We spoke to DOE staff who had dealt with other controversial school change initiatives and who had developed statewide programs. We talked to students to find out what they thought their schools needed. We called our activist friends and asked them for help – people from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). The Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth gave us parameters to follow, and we relied on the expertise of school administrators and teachers in the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Many of the people with whom we spoke had already been tirelessly working to create supports for gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and to make schools, communities, and government institutions more accountable. The fledgling Safe Schools Program benefited from their wisdom and experience. [Perrotti and Westheimer, pp. 3-5]
One of the tireless activists Perrotti and Westheimer called on to help set up their program was Bob Parlin, Jennings’ lover, according to Jennings’ own memoir (Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son, p. 201):
… [in 1993] a line item was put in the education budget to create a program to implement the new policy [Jennings’ Commission recommendations, adopted by the State Board of Education]. The program – Safe Schools for Gay and Lesbian Students – would be the first of its kind in the nation. Having no idea how to design such a program, the department turned to us [GLSEN] for guidance, and a series of meetings ensued that were actually quite comical…. After several fruitless meetings, they [the DOE bureaucrats] realized they had no expertise or ability in this arena and decided to bring my partner, Bob, on to develop and implement the program.
Bob Parlin (R), Kevin Jennings' former partner and designer of Mass. "Safe Schools" program, with post-Jennings partner -"husband" in 2004. [photo: Harvard Crimson]
Perrotti and Westheimer continue (pp. 138-139):
When the Governor’s Commission and the Department of Education (DOE) initially created the parameters of the program , there was a conscious decision not to address sex directly. It was thought that raising the topic of sexual orientation in schools would be controversial enough without combining it with sexuality education.
There are limitations, however, in setting this narrow a focus when designing program for gay lesbian, and bisexual students. The safety and well-being of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students can’t be separated from sexuality and AIDS/HIV prevention. Obviously, safety refers to physical safety—the ability to attend school without being threatened or being attacked. For young people, it also means being safe to express and explore their identities, including their sexuality.
Currently  most gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents do not have this kind of emotional safety. Many do not see themselves or their sexuality reflected in their families, schools, or culture. They do not have the opportunity to go through the typical dating, breakups, and other rites of passage that help young people develop a sense of themselves. In this absence, they may not feel empowered to make choices about whether or not to be sexually active and may not know how to engage in healthy relationships. They may not have relevant information about HIV prevention. Because of these factors, they may explore their sexuality secretly and be vulnerable to abuse.
The impact of this lack of safety is reflected in the epidemiology regarding sexually active young gay men. As a group they are at increased risk for AIDS/HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior data show that gay, lesbian, and bisexual students are less likely than their heterosexual peers to use condoms. …
To be effective, any HIV prevention program needs to include explicit discussions about sex. If adolescents can’t talk about sex, it is unlikely that they will be able to negotiate safe sex. The AIDS/HIV prevention program at the Massachusetts DOE has been at the forefront of addressing these issues.
7. Children should not be endangered personally by sexually transmitted diseases allowed to rage unchecked through our under-30 population because of political correctness. They should no longer be told the outright lies that life-threatening and/or debilitating infections can be managed through either latex or life-long, expensive drug therapy. Let’s not leave them with rampant infertility due to “everyone’s” reproductive damage. We need to establish a public health system that deals with reality.
4. We must pledge to overhaul the schools we are paying for. Let’s start sending our children to Christian schools, conservative charter schools, or begin home schooling them, while we simultaneously evict our local NEA-backed public school boards and replace them with smart soccer moms and dads who have true family values. Let’s get the radicals out of our taxpayer- funded classrooms, and refuse to vote for one more levy guaranteeing the same old anti-Christian, socialist, Darwinist, hyper-sexualized, and phony “green” school curricula.
3. As responsible stewards, we must continue to demand that U.S. Department of Education ‘safe schools’ czar Kevin Jennings be fired for his lack of experience plus his known radical, sexually corrupt ideology. Let’s also eject Obama’s Chicago crony, DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, and all public officials whose track records attest to “poor education as usual” policies. Where’s the commitment to genuine child safety? Let’s make plans to fire Barack Obama at least by 2012, too, while we are at it, before he does any more damage to the next generation.
2. Get all pro-homosexual and pro-promiscuity programs, literature, teachers, and counselors out of every school now. Remove “gay” clubs, Planned Parenthood at health fairs, and GLSEN- PFLAG- SIECUS activists. Cease all condom demonstrations, abortion referrals, on-site birth control dispensing, sexual orientation affirmation, and messing with children’s hearts, minds and bodies. Demand that schools uphold the traditional value of heterosexual identities, teach abstinence- until- marriage, and celebrate male/ female gender differences.
Since then, PRC/MassResistance has repeatedly filed a bill to remove the exemption for schools that allows them to disseminate such obscene materials (for “educational purpose”). Of course, this being Massachusetts, our bill keeps getting killed in committee.
And we all know that Kevin Jennings and GLSEN are all about “education”. GLSEN even had a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Education at the time to prove its bona fide status. (Yes, we can produce a document if MediaMatters cares to challenge this.)
Chapter 272: Section 28. Whoever disseminates to a minor any matter harmful to minors, as defined in section thirty-one, knowing it to be harmful to minors, or has in his possession any such matter with the intent to disseminate the same to minors, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years, or by a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than ten thousand dollars for the first offense, not less than five thousand nor more than twenty thousand dollars for the second offense, or not less than ten thousand nor more than thirty thousand dollars for the third and subsequent offenses, or by both such fine and imprisonment. A prosecution commenced under this section shall not be continued without a finding nor placed on file.It shall be a defense in any prosecution under this section that the defendant was in a parental or guardianship relationship with the minor. It shall also be a defense in any prosecution under this section if the evidence proves that the defendant was a bona fide school, museum or library, or was acting in the course of his employment as an employee of such organization or of a retail outlet affiliated with and serving the educational purpose of such organization.
Here’s proof that Kevin Jennings was certainly aware that his organization, GLSEN, recommended porny books for teens. He had recommended them himself in his 1994 high school reader Becoming Visible (published by porn publisher Alyson Books). On p. 278 in his Questions/Activities section for Chapter 17, he wrote:
15. Other resources for reading are Bennett Singer’s Growing Up Gay, Ann Heron’s One Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth, Aaron Frick’s Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story of Growing Up Gay, and Paul Monette’s Becoming a Man. Films include Robert King’s The Disco Years and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on Jeanette Winterson’s autobiographical novel.
Also in his introduction to Chapter 17, “Gay and Lesbian Youth: Voices from the Next Generation,” Jennings regurgitates some of the points he made in his 1993 report to the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth in Massachusetts. Sadly, that report is no longer available online or from the current Commission office – but MassResistance will soon be publishing a PDF of the original document.
On the books Jennings personally recommended in 1994:
"I released his arms. They glided around my neck, pulling my head down to his. I stretched full length on top of him, our heads touching. Our heavy breathing from the struggle gradually subsided. I felt ---" and then follows a graphic description of a homosexual encounter between two ten- year- old boys who are playmates, in a childhood recollection of Malcolm Boyd, an Episcopal priest, in Growing Up Gay, ... p.100.
In the book "Growing Up Gay … is an episode that might have been written by a pedophile. A boy raised by two gay men describes his first experience of anal intercourse with a man he guessed to be around 30 years old. The youth himself was 15 at the time (p.111). The boy claims he initiated it. He had already had previous homosexual experiences beginning at age eleven (p.110). And here:"'My first experience was with a much older man, a friend of Derek's [his dad] ... When I was fifteen, he must have been twenty-nine, thirty ... l seduced him ... It was a wild night. We did everything."' (Young man, Eliot, telling about earlier experiences in a story excerpted in Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian)
Gateway Pundit also posted passages from Growing Up Gayhere.
Some of the Alyson publications, including One Teenager in Ten …encourage teens to, among other things, go to gay bars and have sex with adults to see if they like it.” Further, One Teenager in Ten “contains a lesbian teen's explicit account of her affair with a teacher.”
My sexual exploits with my neighborhood playmates continued. I lived a busy homosexual childhood, somehow managing to avoid venereal disease through all my toddler years. By first grade I was sexually active with many friends. In fact, a small group of us regularly met in the grammar school lavatory to perform fellatio on one another. A typical week’s schedule would be Aaron and Michael on Monday during lunch; Michael and Johnny on Tuesday after school; Fred and Timmy at noon Wednesday; Aaron and Timmy after school on Thursday.
More background on Kevin Jennings' GLSEN “Fistgate” workshop in 2000:
In the week after the Fistgate audiotapes were made public and the first articles on the incident had appeared in Massachusetts News, a defense of the fisting workshop appeared on a website called “Bridges Across the Divide.” The author, Cindy Beal, claims to have spoken directly with Margot Abels (consistently misspelled “Ables”), the DOE employee who led the teen “gay sex” workshop.
There is much of interest in the article, which claims the Fistgate workshop can only be properly understood in “context” (that would be the context of radical sexuality education). The author claims Abels revealed to her the complete list of sex questions submitted by students as written on notecards, which were then answered by the three instructors. Note the “non-judgmental” response to kids inquiring about fisting and sadomasochism (at end of the excerpt below). Abels told Beal:
"We made it clear that for some people that's [sadomasochism] what they're interested in, and for many people it's not what they want to be doing. We didn't want people who engage in non-traditional activities to feel judged, but in no way did we say ‘go out and try this' because we wanted to make people who weren't interested in it to feel just as good and not judged [for their decision not to participate in these activities.]"
Abels asked the kids in the workshop to write down their questions after a role-playing session did not go as well as she’d hoped, because the kids were acting “silly” – basically acting as the children they were. Which makes the discussion that followed all the more shocking. (Yet Beals, Abels, and Kevin Jennings would still say the subject matter was “age-appropriate”.)
Ms. Ables reflection on the role-play was that it got "silly" and the students began to focus on silliness and theatricality rather than on the content. "The kids came to talk about questions they have that haven't yet been answered."
They then decided to do anonymous question cards, a back-up exercise they had come prepared with. These cards provide youth the opportunity to ask questions they have without risking judgement from their peers or adults for the content of the questions. Anonymous question cards also help guarantee that the material being asked is the students' agenda rather than the adults.
Ms. Ables provided me with a list of the questions they asked, which she had typed up because the teachers who were present at the next workshop felt it important to know what gay youth wanted to know.
"These are typed as written originally by the students.
Is oral sex better with tongue rings? P.S. I hope so.
Cum? Calories? Spit versus swallow? Health concerns?
What age do most GLB first have sex? Is it different from the age of straight kids?
Should some kind of protection be used in lesbian sex?
Women’s vaginal wall can expand to any dick size… Can anal walls do the same?
Are girls who primarily like guys and are only attracted to other girls sexually (not in the love-y) way considered bisexual?
How is protection used in lesbian sex since it’s mostly oral, where does the protection go?
My ex said she enjoys pain, what the hell is that about?
What is fisting?
What is lesbian sex anyway?
How do I find out if someone is bi? Homo?
What are the technicalities of transsexual and hermaphrodite sex?
How long do you have to wait to get tested for HIV or any STD after the "act" is committed?
A question on the ethics of oral sex: would it be considered rude not to swallow?
Can you answer the fish question? [bad smelling vagina?]
Do lesbians rub their clits together? Is that even sex?
How do GLB kids determine loss of virginity?"
The procedure for this exercise was to read the questions in the order they arrived in on the pile of question cards, to turn the question back to the group so peers could do some of the education, and then to add, clarify, or correct any misinformation.
Ms. Ables described Michael [Gaucher, DPH AIDS educator] as an actor, very dramatic and entertaining. She said that youth love him because he presents information in a lively and humorous manner. He did most of the education on about where and how to you get tested for HIV, the different kinds of tests there are for HIV, on HIV/AIDS treatment, and responded to questions about transmission risk for different people, sexual practices and lesbian sex. At one point he was writing on the board demonstrating the differences between the Western Blot and ELISA tests.
The youth seemed to have a good understanding of the importance of safety in sexual activity. One of the questions was, -- "Is it rude to spit after oral sex?" One of the students answered "whether or not it's rude, it's good HIV prevention to not swallow."
There was a long talk about how to make decisions around sex activity and how to decide when to begin sexual activity. They didn’t talk about abstinence in this context, but "postponement." They talked about not making a decision to enter any sexual activity until you're ready, and discussed how someone might know that they are ready. They discussed that for some people sexual activity has feelings attached to it, and for others, it’s just physical. They discussed the context of making decisions about sex, with knowledge about what those choices were about sexual activity and emotional maturity and other things. Ms. Ables reports that they asked the youths, "How do you make those decisions? As you think about it, you might find it’s not the right time for you."
There were a couple of subjects in which they purposely avoided making or implying value judgements. The questions when to become sexually active, what is fisting, and a question about sadomasochism were answered as factually as possible to avoid stigmatizing anyone in the room who participated in those behaviors, and to maintain the educational atmosphere that there is no shame in asking questions or talking about anything. Therefore, both Mr. Gaucher and Ms. Ables described the practice of "fisting" in an accurate way.
As with all the questions, they turned it first back to the students. One student said that fisting was "slamming your fist up into somebody." That is a factually inaccurate statement, and they didn't want that kind of judgement and image left in the minds of these youth, so they both answered it – "not to encourage it -- we gave them clear messages that some people like it and most don’t." That "it's not painful and we didn’t want people there or their friends to be judged" on the basis of inaccurate information.
They responded the same way when there was a question about sadomasochism. "We made it clear that for some people that's what they're interested in, and for many people it's not what they want to be doing. We didn't want people who engage in non-traditional activities to feel judged, but in no way did we say ‘go out and try this' because we wanted to make people who weren't interested in it to feel just as good and not judged [for their decision not to participate in these activities.]"
One question asked by the youth was "Is oral sex better with tongue rings?" Another youth answered, "I have one. My girlfriend has one. It is."
One young woman stated at one point that people don’t even know what vaginas look like, and jumped to the board to draw one. It was "anatomically inaccurate." The presenters made a joke about the size of the clitoris so as not to embarrass the student, and then corrected the misinformation.
They talked about at what age most gay kids have sex. They talked about the statistics from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey – (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/yrbs/survey99.htm ) and asked the students why they though gay kids had sex at a younger age than their heterosexual peers. The students primarily hypothesized that it might be because of the isolation, or ignorance, or acting out, only one student said that she became aware of her desire, thought it was a good thing and wanted to try it.
"One kid asked about resources – he said he was sexually active at 14 and now at 15, he was thinking that he was disconnected from people as people" and was thinking that he needed to not be sexual. He asked after about dating, how to find a community, how to find a boyfriend. He was supported in choosing to not be sexual, and "after the workshop Mr. Gaucher went with him to the table and connected him with peer support groups for gay youth."
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Nice looking men in suits work out the murder of babies and force you to pay. On April 12, 2006, Governor Mitt Romney signed the mandatory health insurance bill into law in historic Faneuil Hall as Ted Kennedy, later disgraced Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi (right), and Senate President Robert Travaglini (yellow necktie) look on.
Polito/Hedda commented on his blog about the honor:
… yes one of my balls is hanging in the White House. When I looked at the photo of the ball, it was not my signature green color, it was many shades of blue. Not only was my ball hanging in the White House, my blue ball is hanging in the White House. I may never get equal rights, I may never be blond and pencil thin, I may never see Lady Gaga in concert this winter at Madison Square Garden (I could not get a ticket) but one of my balls is hanging in the White House with my name for all to see. Just for today that feels a bit better than me having the right to marry.
“Hedda Lettuce” was the vilely vulgar emcee at Boston Pride’s entertainment on the Boston Common in 2006. MassResistance reported on that event. To fully appreciate the outrage of the Obama “holiday tree” decoration, we are reprinting our 2006 report here. [Photos below are by MassResistance.]
The headline entertainment at "Pride Festival" -- official "emcee" on the Boston Common, Saturday, June 10 
Extremely gross and disgusting "entertainment" by Hedda-Lettuce, a man dressed as a woman.
This was blasted through huge loudspeakers you could hear blocks away, and displayed on a giant screen. Many adults (some who had brought kids) were forced to leave, it was so vulgar and distasteful.
Keep in mind that the Gay Pride Week organizers and gay "community" participants didn't seem to see anything wrong or even unusual about this. We were a little surprised to find that the homosexual newspaper "Bay Windows" featured a transcription of Hedda-Lettuce's speech in their post-Pride Week coverage, for their readers who might have missed it, which appears below.
Caution: VERY gross and disgusting.
This was not only blasted out with huge loudspeakers, but a giant screen was erected in the Boston Common so no one could miss this "entertainment."
The keynote address by Hedda-Lettuce was faithfully transcribed by the "Bay Windows" homosexual newspaper:
"Oh, last year with the gays it was Chihuahuas, Chihuahuas were all the rage. This year, people, it's Filipino babies, and you know why? Because they're beige, and they go with everything." [to the tune of the Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces"] "Done crystal meth since he was a child. He could fuck and fuck for days, that boy was wild. But his butt hole was large and wide. You could stick both hands in and clap [claps twice] clap inside, I'm tired of- everybody- wide open spaces."
"My favorite subcategory of bottoms is the bossy bottom. We all know the bossy bottom. They tell you how to fuck them, they leave nothing to the imagination, they come with diagrams and flow charts, you know what I mean? It's like when you go to a friend's house that just moved into a new apartment and you're helping them move a painting on the wall, and they're like, do it just to the left, no, do it just to the right, no, do it, just, pull out, pull out, you ruined everything. Martha Stewart: bossy bossy bottom, people. You think the billion dollar woman's going to let you fuck her the way you want to fuck her? Uh, uh, uh. She's going to tell you how to fuck her and make a decorative basket at the same time. That's how crafty she is. And this is an old joke, but how do you make Martha Stewart scream twice? Fuck her up the ass and wipe your dick on her curtain, that's how."
"How many men in the audience, and this can go for the lesbians too, have a big dick? Oh, that's wonderful, I like men with big dicks, I just don't like the men they're attached to most of the time. You know what happens, you go with a man with a big dick, you get on your knees, you're just about to perform fellatio, which means sucking cock in French, and they pull out that large phallus, which means huge fucking cock in French, and they don't even give you a chance to suck it. All of a sudden they start smacking you about the head and face like you're a fucking punching bag. All of a sudden you're not sucking dick, you're Mike Tyson in the ring. I've got to tell you, this is a true story, this man hit me so hard with his dick I flew over his futon, I landed on the floor, my wig shifted, I stood up, and my front tooth had crooked, he hit me so hard. It didn't fall out. I looked like that singer Jewel. You know Jewel, with the crooked tooth? All the money in the world and she can't afford to fix that fucking tooth, you know? I hate to be the man she's going down on right now. Like a cheese grater. [makes sound effect]
"You know what it's like when you come and you just want to roll over and go to sleep and that selfish faggot in the bed next to you wants you to get them off, and you're doing everything in your power to do so. You're tweaking on one of their nipples like you're adjusting a broken knob, you're biting on the other one, you've got a couple of fingers up the ass, all the while jerking them off with your free foot, shouting, 'Shoot, baby! Shoot, baby! Shoot, baby! Shoot!' And it's not sex anymore, it's like Cirque du Soliel. 'Shoot, baby, shoot, oh, oh!' And you wish at that fucking moment an alien mother ship would come overhead, beam him up, jerk him off, and beam him back down again.But I tell you, people, aliens never abduct you when need them, it is, you know, true. Oh, your hands must be burning, all that dirty talk. So, a Jew, a Pollack and a fag go into a bar. No, I don't know what - how we doing? Is she ready?
Thank you very much to Macy's Department Store, Mayor Thomas Menino, Verizon, and all the other supporters of Pride Week. Boston really needed this. [end of June 2006 report by MassResistance]
The Bay Windows story following the 2006 event (no longer online) read, in part:
"The six-time Drag Queen of the Year Award-winner from New York's HX magazine reached into her bag of tricks and pulled out what could only have been her nightclub act, which features jokes about stretched anal orifices, gay couples adopting Filipino babies and pop singer Jewel giving oral sex with a chipped tooth. After Hedda Lettuce had dropped more f-bombs than we could count, someone from backstage asked her to tone things down. And that's when Hedda blew her top and things got, well, entertaining.”
Kevin Jennings and his GLSEN disciples push "gender identity" concepts as well as homosexuality -- even in the earliest grades. Imagine young children being forced to confront the idea of a sex change operation!
According to one educator who has attended previous GLSEN Boston conferences, "In past years the emphasis was on children and sex. This year's conference appeared to be geared more toward teachers and a 'stealth' agenda that took the focus off sex in favor of more subtle methods, using 'gay allies' to continue the homosexual agenda in schools."
One fifth-grade teacher and workshop leader, Jan Shafer, named Kevin Jennings as her inspiration:
Shafer recalled that several years ago, while she was still "in the closet," GLSEN executive director Kevin Jennings paid a visit to her school and: "It was at that point that I was able to begin coming out."
[Shafer] asked participants to write down reasons why they think GLBT issues should be shared in the K-5 classroom. Among those given:
To validate children's personal stories
To destroy "gender binary" (male-female) stereotypes
To help children learn to become comfortable in the classroom by seeing their families respected
To help kids who "ultimately will be gay when they're older" feel "validated and comfortable at a young age."
One teacher intern at the Devotion School in Brookline gave this rationale: "It's important to help children become agents of change."
Another GLSEN-Boston 2003 workshop leader, social worker and GLSEN board member Laura Perkins, looked for "teachable moments." By 2006, Perkins had added to her repertoire, not only introducing concepts like "two mommies" or "Daddy's roommate" -- but adding sex-change operations. Newton, Mass. columnist Tom Mountain reported on this shocking occurrence in an elementary school there:
Emer O'Shea knew something was wrong the minute she picked up her daughter from Franklin Elementary School. The third-grader was normally very perky upon seeing her mother and new baby sister, but this time she glanced at her mother without indicating what was wrong, except to say that the school's social worker had visited the class. But Emer soon heard from another parent about what had happened in her daughter's class that day, and she was both stunned and mortified. The next day her young daughter finally opened up with a question that would baffle most parents of an 8-year-old child, "Mommy, is it possible for a man to have an operation to become a woman?"
Transgenders and transvestites. These were the topics that a staff member at Franklin School in West Newton chose to teach to a class of third-grade children. The school's social worker described to the children that some men like to dress up as women, and yes, some men even have operations to change into women.
The opportunity for this "teachable moment" - the kind that Superintendent Jeff Young likes to portray as merely responding to some child's "random questioning"- occurred when the social worker was describing various families outside of the traditional mommy-and-daddy norm and showed the class a picture of a woman with two children, asking what they saw in the picture. A child then raised his hand to tell her (are you sitting sit down for this?) that he thought the picture was of a man who had a sex change operation and was now a woman. Apparently, the child's own father was undergoing such an operation (which he/she has since completed).
The social worker then elaborated on this "teachable moment." But this wasn't just any social worker employed by the Newton Public Schools. This was Laura Perkins, former board member of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network … READ MORE...
·Who wrote the Commission’s 1993 Report, “Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth,” which started the “Safe Schools” programs in Massachusetts – and served as the template for GLBT activists in schools across the country? [Stay tuned for a new report by MassResistance.]
·Who dishonestly claimed that an epidemic of gay teen suicides required bringing homosexual issues into our schools – that it was all about student “safety” -- but later admitted his deceit?