Gay and Lesbian History Month Acknowledged in Philadelphia Schools
Why do we even have a Gay and Lesbian History Month? It never ceases to amaze me how groups who claim to want equality constantly behave in such a way to separate themselves from the rest. Is theirs a history that is different from that of the heterosexual community and in need of being recognized as such? “Look what a Lesbian can do!” Ok, ok… you can host talk shows and tell jokes and write books and become doctors and lawyers… JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. What’s your point? Why must we give you a month to exploit that? Personally, I don’t care if the person who invented penicillin was heterosexual or homosexual … I’m just glad it’s available when I need it.
And beyond taking advantage of and annoying the majority of the adult population by constantly overcompensating for your insecurities in this way, why involve the children? No, I think I know the answer to that. If you get the next generation at a young and tender age, under the guise of PC words like “tolerance” and “diversity”, you have paved the way for YOUR next generation’s agenda to sail more smoothly. It’s an insidious plan that just slithers in barely detected by most and embraced by many, since how can anyone proclaim to be intolerant or against diversity?
Tolerance and diversity are a two-way street. There should be room for a lot more than select acceptable groups du jour honored by months and events to celebrate their history. By being so selective, those left out are now the groups feeling the disdain of intolerance. It is, in fact, reverse discrimination, helping to promote the prejudice that opposes the goals of groups like Philadelphia’s Lesbian and Gay Task Force or the Philadelphia based Equality Forum, who support the City’s decision to honor their month-long self-appreciation on their school calendar. In honor of Gay History Month, The Equality Forum has launched a project self-described this way: “The group has designed the project as a curriculum that can be used by teachers at any education level, as well as an awareness and visibility campaign.” (Curriculum??)
As a mother who receives school calendars each year, I can hardly describe the shock I would feel if I were to receive such a calendar. I suppose I would flip past October and see if any of the other months were being used to acknowledge “Heterosexual History Month”… but what sense would that make? Why would young elementary school students care, or need to know, about the sexual preferences of their history makers?? When did this become an imperative? Is there a “Polygamist History Month”? An “I-cheated-on-my-wife History Month”? An “I-need-to-watch-smut-videos-before-sex History Month”? Of course not, it’s ridiculous! And so is acknowledging the sexual identity of those history makers who are “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender”. For those (like me) who aren’t sure what is meant by “Transgender”, according to Dictionary.com:
“appearing or attempting to be a member of the opposite sex, as a transsexual or habitual cross-dresser”.
To add to the madness, the children who attend Philadelphia schools are also supposed to “understand” why there are boys or men who habitually dress as girls/women? Is this so children can better understand the annual Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco, or is there an overabundance of cross-dressers in Philadelphia? It boggles the mind that there are tax dollars being spent on this when city schools could be spending those funds on something more useful.
This is according to Philadelphia Board of Education Policy 102, drafted in 1994, titled: “Multiracial-Multicultural-Gender Education”.
The definition of this policy is as follows:
“Multiracial-Multicultural-Gender Education is an education process designed to foster knowledge about and respect for those of all races, ethnic groups, social classes, genders, religions, disabilities and sexual orientations. Its purpose is to ensure equity and justice for all members of the school community, and society as a whole, and to give those members the skills and knowledge they need to understand and overcome individual biases and institutional barriers to full equity.”
Toward that end, outlined are several ways to implement the goals of the policy, which include:
4.1 Make an institutional commitment to teach to all children in every school, a curriculum informed by the principles of gender-equity, multi-racial and multi-cultural knowledge and perspectives, included but not limited to the history and experiences of women, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, as well as lesbian and gay people and disabled people.
4.2 Seek equitable allotments for this activity from the District’s resources for the ongoing development of appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as the ongoing evaluation of administrative policies, procedures and performance standards.
The logical next question is this: Why has the Philadelphia School District deemed it wise and beneficial for its students, “all children in every school”, to be made aware of Lesbian and Gay History Month, yet if someone were to attempt to try to make the students aware of the history of the life of Christ, for example, the ACLU would be all over it, claiming some backwards, twisted version of The Constitution and how the Establishment Clause is being broken? Is this not in keeping with the definition to “foster knowledge and respect for all religions”? It would seem their Policy – as written, breaks the law – as interpreted.
A spokeswoman for the District, Cecilia Cummings, stated that recognizing Gay History Month on the District Calendar is no different from recognizing months devoted to the history or heritage of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians, though I believe there are a great many who would disagree with her.
The gay/lesbian community represents about 6% of the population, yet they are extremely vocal and well organized. Until the silent majority stands up and makes some noise, these injustices will continue to take place and assault our children. These “policies” will continue to be written by bullied administrators behind closed doors with far-reaching repercussions. Today, Philadelphia (and who knows where else?)… tomorrow, your hometown?