Pink everywhere! It must be breast cancer awareness month. But did you know October is also LGBTQ history/pride month?
Oct. 11 was National Coming Out Day, and in a few days, on Oct. 30 is Mix It Up at Lunch Day where students are encouraged (not exactly digging MoJo’s useof “force”) to sit with others with whom they don’t usually sit with—or the kids who are different from them.
It’s basically a mix and mingle and “get to know other people who are different from you” bit, and it sounds like fun considering school cafeterias are the one place where divisions of race, sexual orientation, gender, etc. are clearly drawn. The Dutch oven of brewing hatred.
The initiative, created 10 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program, is aimed at reducing prejudice by encouraging young folks to leave their comfort zones, and interact across social boundaries. This is a great idea since not only does it have the potential for students to increase their circle of friends, but it also promotes an understanding of individual differences whether it be cultural, racial, gender, etc.
Ignorance is not a fancy trait to have. Being a bigot, not so much either.
But according to people of a certain mind, this is a new… tactic in pushing innocent, impressionable youngins into the homosexual lifestyle.
I’m pretty sure that’s not the point of Mix It Up or LGBTQ Pride month in general.
It’s one thing to assert your personal beliefs, and have dialogue with others about why you disagree with someone else’s beliefs but it’s another thing to say things like homosexuality brought us Hitler, the brown shirts and the death of millions of Jews as a way to promote “family values”.
Teaching bigotry and intolerance of other human beings regardless of their skin color, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender is not a value. It’s hate.
And gay people don’t go gallivanting around town for recruits into the “homosexual fold” or whatever the hell haters call them so they can “survive as a species”. (I mean, WTF?)
Here’s a post on one of the Ed Week blogs with more information on the whole shebang.
On another note: Dan Savage approves this message, and stands by it too.
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