Bill would require parental notification for school discussions of ’sexual orientation issues’

Feb 19, 2009 Full story: www.baywindows.com 81

House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading) has filed a bill that would expand the state’s sex education parental notification law to require written parental approval for students to participate in any "curriculum, or a school sanctioned program or activity, which involves ... sexual orientation issues." LGBT advocates believe the bill would have a chilling effect on any discussion of LGBT issues within the schools, potentially forcing students to get parental permission to attend gay/straight alliance (GSA) meetings and restricting most discussions about LGBT people and LGBT families. The bill has the backing of the anti-gay group Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI). Jones, however, contends that his bill is not anti-gay.

Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, said opponents of LGBT rights have long tried - without success - to broaden the scope of the parental notification bill over the years. She called the effort to broaden the bill to include sexual orientation issues "outrageous."

"[For] kids who need support systems as they struggle with their sexuality, the gay/straight alliances are often a lifeline for those kids to maintain their sanity. Their sense of self, their emotional and psychological wellbeing can be deeply tied to those alliances. And to undercut them by saying, your parents have to opt in, where does that leave a kid whose parents are hyper-conservative but who needs desperately to find some support, talk to friends and teachers, learn? Who do they ask questions of?" said Isaacson. "We save their lives in these programs. It would be comparable to a parent who is sexually abusing their kid saying, ’I don’t want them to learn in school that this is wrong. If I want to teach them this is okay, I will.’ Well, it doesn’t work that way."

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#81 Apr 2, 2009
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ummmm.... I guess you didn't hear that the Communists wound up in the dustbin of history years ago, huh ?

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