Letter writer: GSAs should not be allowed


A letter to the editor in today’s Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star says that Gay-Straight Alliances should not be allowed because the promote “high-risk sexual behavior” unhealthy and dangerous to teens.

After going about a rant on how GSAs are contrary to the school district’s mission and stance on teaching abstinence until marriage, letter writer Carrie Tyer (Stafford, VA), says:

Also, Liberty Counsel and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays have launched a campaign to help students establish gay-to-straight clubs, which provide the lifesaving message that people can choose, and have chosen, to overcome unwanted same-sex desires.

The politically driven endorsement of major medical associations has suppressed public exposure of the facts, statistics, information, and testimonies from former homosexuals showing that same-sex behavior poses grave physical and emotional risks for teens.

Schools should enforce existing bullying policies to protect students, and not allow groups that encourage high-risk sexual behavior that jeopardizes student health and safety.

I guess she would have no problem with having a gay-to-straight club in the school? Well… if she wants that club she’ll have to accept the GSA… it is called the federal Equal Access Act honey… you can’t mess around with federal law. Well… you can but you’ll just end up having a pending lawsuit on your hands like the school board for the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina, just wasting that tax-payer money on attorneys and court fees when it should be going to students.

The part that really got me out of her letter though was this:

The politically driven endorsement of major medical associations has suppressed public exposure of the facts, statistics, information, and testimonies from former homosexuals showing that same-sex behavior poses grave physical and emotional risks for teens.

There is a two-part concern here. First, those “facts, statistics, information and… former homosexuals” Tyer talks about is a bunch of crap. All of the studies presented by the religious and radical right have either been debunked or proven to have been very politically biased. Numerous studies and statistics on the other side of the issue, however, have been nothing but fully scientific and fully valid. On the point about former homosexuals… psychologists and psychiatrists agree: Sexual behavior can be changed BUT NOT sexual orientation. Those “former homosexuals” are not “former” anything; they are homosexuals living a lie.

My second concern: Tyer talks about the “grave physical and emotional risks” for teens. I wonder if she has ever stopped to think about the daily physical, verbal and mental harassment and torment LGBT teens have to go through on a daily basis. Really, you tell me… the only harm I see coming is from the religious and radical right. Those “gay-to-straight clubs” will only cause more harm and torment.

People on the right always talk about the “grave side effects” of being gay… like mental problems, drug use and promiscuity. What do you expect a group of people to do, especially teens, when the whole world (meaning teachers, schools, government, church) is telling them they are wrong, evil, sinful, hell-bound, or that they have a “disorder” they can change. What do you expect on the promiscuity factor when everything in the world tells a gay couple that they shouldn’t be together, shouldn’t have gotten together, shouldn’t stay together and should never, ever be allowed to enter into a long-lasting and recognized relationship. There is nothing for gay couples to look forward to like straight couples. There is no incentive for staying together like straight couples.

People like Tyer continue to ignore the facts and stay on one side of the issue. Does the LGBT community and people have problems? Yes… even I’ll admit they do. But I can also easily say that the straight community has a lot of problems, too… divorce, adultery, teen pregnancy, dead-beat parents, domestic violence, post-partum depression etc. etc. etc.

I really don’t think the straight community has any room to throw any stones… they aren’t sinless and I guess they don’t see the glass house they are living in either.

Oh… and another question…. one I just can never seem to get answered. Why are “straight” people so concerned about the sexual habits or activities of gays? Are they really that interested? If so… maybe they should just stop living a lie themselves.


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2 Responses to “Letter writer: GSAs should not be allowed”
  1. guest_one says:

    Good reply, but I have a feeling that you’re going to be saying the same things over and over for a while. Some people will never change attitudes, especially those who cite world net daily (an exmaple of their more insidious work). Others will chage attitude slowly over the course of years.

    In 9th grade, our health teacher told us to go home and ask our parents their biggest fear about us sexually – my parents’ answer “that I would turn out gay.” Not that I got AIDS or another STD, or got a girl pregnant and forced her to get an abortion, but being gay was the worst fear. That was (gasp) 16 years ago. Their views have changed since then, and I could not imagine them saying the same thing to my sister today (currently finishing 11th grade).

    In my mind, the best way to change people’s views is by being an exmple yourself. It is a slow way to change things, but people can’t argue with it.

    You need a better term than the “straight community.” Not all “straight” people think alike, and many don’t want them speaking on our behalf. The author of the letter doesn’t speak for me.

  2. Matt says:

    Exactly right… change takes time. In many cases, though, the “worst fear” you talk about continues to be true for many parents and their teens.

    On the “slow change” part of your comment. Like I said before… change does take time… I guess it just can get weary sometimes waiting for it to roll around. Add on to that the fact that I am only 20 and have only been involved in advocacy efforts for six years, I can’t imagine how some of the LGBT rights pioneers and people older than me feel about it.

    Right again… not all straight people think the same and maybe there is a better term than “straight community.” But you can’t deny there are many, many societal problems which can only be claimed by the “straight community” (for lack of a better word right now) including teen pregnancy and divorce and adultery (the last two only because, technically, BY LAW, gay people can’t get married and therefore cannot technically get a divorce or be guilty of adultery LOL)… and in Ohio, BY LAW, only married straight people can take out domestic violence charges.

    I guess a better way, however, that I could have worded that part in post would have been: “I really don’t think the straight people with views like Tyer have any room to throw any stones… they aren’t sinless and I guess they don’t see the glass house they and others like them are living in either.”

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