Innocence Lost

While I cannot publicize the names of either of my employers, I am proud that neither gives money to GLSEN.

I’ve known for some time about the practices of GLSEN and some of the teachers who are involved in the organization. It stands for Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Sounds harmless on the surface, doesn’t it? Fact is, GLSEN is anything but harmless.

Aside from the organization pushing books about same-sex relationships on kids who are too young for such subject matter (I’ve blogged about that subject before), GLSEN stood accused of some pretty outrageous stuff in 2000. High school students aged 14 – 19 were treated to seminars on how to engage in gay sex practices of all kinds–not the least of which included fisting. In one seminar, the adult doing the teaching posed a question to his early-teen audience: “spit or swallow…is it rude?”

GLSEN apologized to the public in Massachusetts for the lewd discussions being held between adults and children. However, one year later, at the NEXT annual conference, they took it even further: they handed out “fisting kits” to the kids and even included illustrated instructions on how to cut a rubber or latex glove to make a crude dental dam.

They have never backed away from their reading list, though. Just out of curiosity, I read a couple of the books on their list–Queer 13 and Passages of Pride–and I was absolutely astounded that this sort of smut is being peddled in schools. The two books I read so completely disgusted me that I actually had to shower after reading. As adults, we have control over what we read. If we want to read something racy that’s our choice; we’re old enough to understand. But we also control what the children in our society read, and allowing these books to be displayed in a public school is every bit as bad as molesting them.

Children are not able to understand these adult themes. Even 15-year-olds are too young for this sort of thing. It isn’t up to us to explain gay sex practices to kids. I didn’t have that information as a kid, and trust me, I figured it out just fine on my own.

Garbage like this makes the gay community a joke to the world around us. It makes us an enemy. When our children lose their innocence because we are incapable of foisting our urges on them, our society is doomed.

And the GLSEN founder, the very man who helped these things happen–he’s now Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar.”