Youth Taking Charge; “They want to be treated just the same”


More and more youth, especially high school students, are standing up and speaking out, demandig equality that they be “treated just the same” as their straight classmates and peers.

That is exactly what an article in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times says. According to the article, California has seen a significant increase in the presence of gay-straight student clubs and organizing on high school campuses across the state. With that, of course, comes all of the backlash from people in the Religious Right who want nothing more than to see any views differing from their own banished from sight.

With the backlash from the Religious Right and school boards who want to ignore laws such as the Federal Equal Access Act of 1984, students stand up and speak out further, taking their desire for equality into the court systems. These youth are serious: Equality is theirs and they’ll get it one way or another:

Gay high school students across California are increasingly using the courts and political activism to fight individual cases of discrimination and to promote tolerance.

The moves, educators and legal observers say, come at a time of exponential growth in the number of gay student clubs and an acceptance of homosexuality on high school campuses that would have been unheard of a decade ago.

“It’s a reflection of the students’ desire to not just not be beat up, but to actually have full equality,” said Carolyn Laub, executive director of the Gay Straight Alliance Network in San Francisco. “They want to be treated just the same” as their straight classmates.

It should come as no surprise that youth, both in high school and in college, are becoming the leading movers and shakers in the LGBT Rights Movement. No significant change in history has occured without the presence and active participation of youth. For an example, just take a look at the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Things really started rolling when youth started speaking out and standing up: The sit-ins starting in Greensboro by four North Carolina A & T students, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and even the Freedom Rides.

Youth are taking charge and nothing is going to hold them back.


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2 Responses to “Youth Taking Charge; “They want to be treated just the same””
  1. Onanite says:

    I thank the goddess for these brave and talented young people who are not afraid to be counted as queer. I wish I could give them all a big hug, especially you Matt. You are on your way to a great future brother! Thank you.

    Onanite

  2. Matt says:

    You are right Onan… it takes a lot for youth in high school to stand up and speak out. I was once there and I remember how difficult it could sometimes be. Thanks for your comments, guy.

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