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July 21, 2011 Print

Neutrality Not Good Enough for Gay Activists—Only Promotion Will Do

by Candi Cushman

Today, activist groups, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, announced they filed a lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota. Among other things, they are demanding that the school repeal a curriculum policy directing educators to remain neutral on controversial sexual topics in the classroom.

After being invited to discuss this issue on CNN last night ( you can watch the interview here), I took a moment to review the school’s online policies against bullying and harassment, and I noticed something interesting:

The district has at least three separate policies that specifically spell out protection for sexual orientation. This includes “language” policies stipulating that students who use derogatory terms related to sexual orientation will be punished with serious consequences, which can include expulsion. (Review these policies here.)

What’s more, I noticed that in 2010, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) even sent out a press release celebrating that Anoka-Hennepin officials were among those who had adopted “effective, LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policies.”

Furthermore, it’s important to understand that the neutrality policy deals only with curriculum—it has nothing to do with the school’s already very comprehensive anti-bullying policies. The curriculum policy simply asks educators “in the course of their professional duties” to remain “neutral” on “matters regarding sexual orientation.” It does not even ban teachers from talking about it or mentioning it in a lesson. It simply directs them to address the topic in a way that is “age-appropriate, factual and pertinent to the relevant curriculum.” (We explain more about that here.)

Given all of these facts, one is left wondering, what more do the gay activists want? It appears nothing short of taxpayer-funded schools endorsing and promoting homosexual topics in curriculum will do.   To continue reading, click here.