Thursday, June 12, 2008


The school newspaper had a big article on the Gay Straight Alliance Club. Some of the kids seemed shocked and dismayed that a club like this could exist in our school. I quickly told them that I am the faculty advisor and went on to explain the purpose of the club. One girl asked me if the club was looking for converts. I said, "ABSOLUTELY NOT!" The purpose of this club is to promote tolerance and to teach that we are all equal. The treasurer of the club, a senior who I have grown to admire, respect and love said "Sexual orientation is only a small part of who we are. There is so much more to us than who we are attracted to." The shocked kids stopped and thought. Then, they all commented that one of the founders was a good friend of theirs.

We are not completely tolerant and open minded yet, but, we are on the way.


17 (really 15) more years said...

We teach so much more than our subjects. Teaching tolerance is one of the greatest gifts we can give our students.

Dr Pezz said...

My wife's GSA was nominated for GSA of the year in my state (alas, she did not win), but I understand the stigma attached to such a group. The more people learn about it, the more they support it.

Anonymous said...

You have to start somewhere, and you can be proud that you are helping to make a difference.

Funny how these kids can adore Britney (mother of the year) Spears, but still have a long way to go accepting this.