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Education Secretary Promoting Gay Clubs on All U.S. School District Campuses
CNS News ^ | 7/8/11 | Penny Starr

Posted on 07/08/2011 5:37:48 AM PDT by markomalley

Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued a “Dear Colleagues” letter on June 14 directing federally funded schools to allow and promote the establishment of clubs on campuses, specifically Gay-Straight Alliance clubs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The letter was issued from the department’s Office of Civil Rights for elementary and secondary schools and was sent to all school districts in the United States, according to Jo Ann Webb, spokesperson for the Department of Education (DOE).

Webb said the school districts – the entity that oversees elementary, middle and secondary schools in a specific district in every state – will decide what schools in the district get the guidelines.

The guidelines, according to Duncan’s letter, are based on the 1984 Equal Access Act, which states that all students should have access to extra-curricular activities, including “student-initiated clubs.”

“We intend for these guidelines to provide schools with the information and resources they need to help ensure that all students, including LGBT and gender nonconforming students, have a safe place to learn, meet, share experiences, and discuss matters that are important to them,” the letter states.

Duncan’s letter cites statistics in a 2009 survey done by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a gay activist organization founded by former Obama administration’s Education Department official Kevin Jennings.

“Harassment and bullying are serious problems in our schools, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students are the targets of disproportionate shares of these problems,” the letter states.

“Thirty-two percent of students aged 12-18 experienced verbal or physical bullying during the 2007-2008 school year; and, according to a recent survey, more than 90 percent of LGBT students in grades 6 through 12 reported being verbally harassed — and almost half reported being physically harassed — during the 2008-2009 school year.”

The GLSEN survey report lists the 90 percent statistics under its “key findings.” The survey report states that GLSEN gathered the data from a survey posted online through “targeted” advertising on the social networking sites Facebook and MySpace.

The report said advertising for the survey was placed on profiles of teens that “gave some indication” they were homosexual or had another sexual preference, such as bi-sexual or transgender.

“In order to broaden our reach to LGBT students who may not have had such connections, we conducted targeted advertising on the social networking sites MySpace and Facebook,” the GLESEN survey report states.

“On each site, notices about the survey were shown to users between 13 and 18 years of age who gave some indication on their profile that they were lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. A total of 6,906 surveys were completed online. Online survey participants were asked how they heard about the survey — 1,185 reported MySpace, 2,683 Facebook,” the report added.

Duncan’s letter refers to Gay-Straight Alliance or GSA clubs, which were founded by GLSEN.

In the press release issued by the organization that hired Jennings after he left the Obama administration, Jennings’ homosexual activism was touted, including the fact that during his 14-year tenure heading GLSEN, Jennings helped increase the number of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs from 50 in 1995 to 4,300 when he stepped down as the head of the organization in 2008.

“Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and similar student-initiated groups addressing LGBT issues can play an important role in promoting safer schools and creating more welcoming learning environments,” Duncan’s letter states. “Nationwide, students are forming these groups in part to combat bullying and harassment of LGBT students and to promote understanding and respect in the school community.”

“Although the efforts of these groups focus primarily on the needs of LGBT students, students who have LGBT family members and friends, and students who are perceived to be LGBT, messages of respect, tolerance, and inclusion benefit all our students,” the letter states. “By encouraging dialogue and providing supportive resources, these groups can help make schools safe and affirming environments for everyone.”

Duncan’s letter, identified as one of the department’s “key policy letters,” also states that there is legal grounding for the LGBT guidelines in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

“The general rule, approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, is that a public high school that allows at least one noncurricular student group to meet on school grounds during noninstructional time (e.g., lunch, recess, or before or after school) may not deny similar access to other noncurricular student groups, regardless of the religious, political, philosophical, or other subject matters that the groups address,” the letter said.

Duncan concludes the letter by telling the schools about implementing his directives.

“I encourage every school district to make sure that its administrators, faculty members, staff, students, and parents are familiar with these principles in order to protect the rights of all students — regardless of religion, political or philosophical views, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” Duncan stated. “I also urge school districts to use the guidelines to develop or improve district policies.”

“In doing so, school officials may find it helpful to explain to the school community that the Equal Access Act requires public schools to afford equal treatment to all non-curricular student organizations, including GSAs and other groups that focus on issues related to LGBT students, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” Duncan’s letter stated.

“Officials need not endorse any particular student organization, but federal law requires that they afford all student groups the same opportunities to form, to convene on school grounds, and to have access to the same resources available to other student groups,” the letter stated.Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued a “Dear Colleagues” letter on June 14 directing federally funded schools to allow and promote the establishment of clubs on campuses, specifically Gay-Straight Alliance clubs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The letter was issued from the department’s Office of Civil Rights for elementary and secondary schools and was sent to all school districts in the United States, according to Jo Ann Webb, spokesperson for the Department of Education (DOE).

Webb said the school districts – the entity that oversees elementary, middle and secondary schools in a specific district in every state – will decide what schools in the district get the guidelines.

The guidelines, according to Duncan’s letter, are based on the 1984 Equal Access Act, which states that all students should have access to extra-curricular activities, including “student-initiated clubs.”

“We intend for these guidelines to provide schools with the information and resources they need to help ensure that all students, including LGBT and gender nonconforming students, have a safe place to learn, meet, share experiences, and discuss matters that are important to them,” the letter states.

Duncan’s letter cites statistics in a 2009 survey done by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a gay activist organization founded by former Obama administration’s Education Department official Kevin Jennings.

“Harassment and bullying are serious problems in our schools, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students are the targets of disproportionate shares of these problems,” the letter states.

“Thirty-two percent of students aged 12-18 experienced verbal or physical bullying during the 2007-2008 school year; and, according to a recent survey, more than 90 percent of LGBT students in grades 6 through 12 reported being verbally harassed — and almost half reported being physically harassed — during the 2008-2009 school year.”

The GLSEN survey report lists the 90 percent statistics under its “key findings.” The survey report states that GLSEN gathered the data from a survey posted online through “targeted” advertising on the social networking sites Facebook and MySpace.

The report said advertising for the survey was placed on profiles of teens that “gave some indication” they were homosexual or had another sexual preference, such as bi-sexual or transgender.

“In order to broaden our reach to LGBT students who may not have had such connections, we conducted targeted advertising on the social networking sites MySpace and Facebook,” the GLESEN survey report states.

“On each site, notices about the survey were shown to users between 13 and 18 years of age who gave some indication on their profile that they were lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. A total of 6,906 surveys were completed online. Online survey participants were asked how they heard about the survey — 1,185 reported MySpace, 2,683 Facebook,” the report added.

Duncan’s letter refers to Gay-Straight Alliance or GSA clubs, which were founded by GLSEN.

In the press release issued by the organization that hired Jennings after he left the Obama administration, Jennings’ homosexual activism was touted, including the fact that during his 14-year tenure heading GLSEN, Jennings helped increase the number of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs from 50 in 1995 to 4,300 when he stepped down as the head of the organization in 2008.

“Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and similar student-initiated groups addressing LGBT issues can play an important role in promoting safer schools and creating more welcoming learning environments,” Duncan’s letter states. “Nationwide, students are forming these groups in part to combat bullying and harassment of LGBT students and to promote understanding and respect in the school community.”

“Although the efforts of these groups focus primarily on the needs of LGBT students, students who have LGBT family members and friends, and students who are perceived to be LGBT, messages of respect, tolerance, and inclusion benefit all our students,” the letter states. “By encouraging dialogue and providing supportive resources, these groups can help make schools safe and affirming environments for everyone.”

Duncan’s letter, identified as one of the department’s “key policy letters,” also states that there is legal grounding for the LGBT guidelines in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

“The general rule, approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, is that a public high school that allows at least one noncurricular student group to meet on school grounds during noninstructional time (e.g., lunch, recess, or before or after school) may not deny similar access to other noncurricular student groups, regardless of the religious, political, philosophical, or other subject matters that the groups address,” the letter said.

Duncan concludes the letter by telling the schools about implementing his directives.

“I encourage every school district to make sure that its administrators, faculty members, staff, students, and parents are familiar with these principles in order to protect the rights of all students — regardless of religion, political or philosophical views, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” Duncan stated. “I also urge school districts to use the guidelines to develop or improve district policies.”

“In doing so, school officials may find it helpful to explain to the school community that the Equal Access Act requires public schools to afford equal treatment to all non-curricular student organizations, including GSAs and other groups that focus on issues related to LGBT students, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” Duncan’s letter stated.

“Officials need not endorse any particular student organization, but federal law requires that they afford all student groups the same opportunities to form, to convene on school grounds, and to have access to the same resources available to other student groups,” the letter stated.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: gaystapo; homofascists; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; pedophiles; perverts; predators; sodomhusseinobama

1 posted on 07/08/2011 5:37:54 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

His position would not even EXIST if Reagan had shut down the Department of Education, as he tried to do.

We have a $14T debt that spiraling out of control...certainly there is stuff that our federal government doesn’t really need to be involved in.


2 posted on 07/08/2011 5:40:00 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: BobL

Got that right. We are careening towards economic collapse because of government’s uncontrolled spending and this kind of nonsense is going on. Multiply this by a billion and it becomes clear why we are where we are.


3 posted on 07/08/2011 5:43:16 AM PDT by all the best
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To: markomalley

The queers view the current economic crisis as an opportunity to seek rights to normal peoples’ children and special privilege at every level.


4 posted on 07/08/2011 5:45:24 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: markomalley

Is Duncan also promoting Bible study clubs?


5 posted on 07/08/2011 5:48:41 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Duncan is a yo-yo.


6 posted on 07/08/2011 5:53:07 AM PDT by getarope (I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubble gum!)
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To: markomalley

“In order to broaden our reach to LGBT students who may not have had such connections, we conducted targeted advertising on the social networking sites MySpace and Facebook,” the GLESEN survey report states.”

Anyone who denies this is flat-out recruitment for children to turn to homosexuality is just plain naive.


7 posted on 07/08/2011 5:53:54 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: getarope

He is much worse than that.


8 posted on 07/08/2011 5:57:59 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: markomalley

Everyone should be aware that the “encouragement,” veiled threats, legal reminders, and “expectations” in this letter are enormously sugar-coated. The core message contained under the “nice” veneer is unspeakable. Discerning patriots understand.


9 posted on 07/08/2011 6:34:31 AM PDT by fwdude (Prosser wins, Goonions lose.)
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To: wagglebee

It just gets worse......


10 posted on 07/08/2011 7:11:28 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Can straight boys form a Playboy Club?


11 posted on 07/08/2011 7:14:13 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: markomalley

We will not rest until every American is a queer.


12 posted on 07/08/2011 7:14:26 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment
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To: markomalley

I can’t understand the Obama regime’s obsession with sexual deviancy. It’s weird. A real freak show.


13 posted on 07/08/2011 7:23:53 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (When the going gets tough, the tough check themselves into "rehab".)
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To: massgopguy

” Can straight boys form a Playboy Club? “

No, that would be sexist. They might squeeze in NAMBLA tho....


14 posted on 07/08/2011 7:40:57 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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15 posted on 07/08/2011 8:15:31 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Let’s have straight clubs


16 posted on 07/08/2011 8:20:33 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

nambla;north american marlon brando lookalikes?,someone must have that scene from south park.


17 posted on 07/08/2011 8:32:31 AM PDT by robsat61
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To: markomalley
I want the opportunity to point out to adolescents the facts about the so-called alternate lifestyles our public schools will be pimping. And while I'm on this soapbox, may I ask why Christians and conservatives allow these perversions to be described in such genteel terms? If we're going to have these discussions, let's go ahead and speak plain, descriptive, easily-understandable talk. I think many boys and girls will recoil from these acts if they truly see them for what they are.
18 posted on 07/08/2011 9:25:33 AM PDT by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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Thanks for the ping


19 posted on 07/08/2011 9:41:44 AM PDT by GOPJ (Black flash mobs: street level reflection of elite liberal hatred for middle class America..)
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To: July4

>>may I ask why Christians and conservatives allow these perversions to be described in such genteel terms?<<

I have no problem describing queers as such because that’s what they are. PC is not a part of my nature.

Lev 20:13


20 posted on 07/08/2011 10:06:31 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: markomalley

In March of this year, our school district was targeted by the ACLU and the Civil Rights Project to start a homosexual alliance as a “student initiated” organization. In every letter and threat from these groups, the word “bullying” was used repeatedly. Now I realize none of this was a random occurrence.

What occurred were threats by attorneys for the ACLU Gay and Lesbian project out of NYC, and the Civil Rights Project (closely affiliated with ACLU) claiming to represent a student duped into being their poster child. This was coupled with smear campaign in the national media against an outstanding school district that has produced extraordinary academic and extracurricular success. The result: the district decided that rather than waste school resources on attorneys fees to fight this in a time of shrinking budgets, they would cave in and allow the club.

It is now apparent that this attack was originated by a person or group with a much larger agenda, having nothing to do with our district. It was a carefully orchestrated attack by threatened litigation, media smear tactics, demonstrations and personal intimidation against individual board members and the superintendent.

Since then, it has become obvious that this is a well coordinated and systematic effort directed by the Obama administration, with aid and complicity from the gay rights groups to push homosexuality into our public schools. The recent series of speeches and propaganda campaigns by Michelle O. against “bullying” are code words for forcing gay indoctrination into public schools.

Be vigilant and take a stand.


21 posted on 07/08/2011 10:36:46 AM PDT by con-surf-ative
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To: B4Ranch

They ARE queer!


22 posted on 07/08/2011 11:06:06 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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23 posted on 07/08/2011 11:07:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: markomalley
How about teaching reading,writing and arithmetic? Heaven knows these kids need to learn proper grammar."Me and my friends"? We were taught in elementary school that "Me and my friends" is incorrect!
24 posted on 07/08/2011 1:46:05 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Fear can hold you prisoner.Hope can set you free.(Shawshank Redemption))
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To: markomalley

This guy, the teachers union, and Dept.s of Education=Reckless Endangerment of Children.


25 posted on 07/08/2011 4:18:29 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: con-surf-ative
Yes indeed I forgot to add ACLU and affiliates to that list!!
26 posted on 07/08/2011 4:24:51 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BobL
His position would not even EXIST if Reagan had shut down the Department of Education, as he tried to do.

I agree. I've seen enough.

Kill it. Nuke it. Burn the remains.

27 posted on 07/08/2011 7:32:28 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: con-surf-ative; little jeremiah
lj, did you see this one? This is news to me, but no surprise. "The Chicago Way" meets "skinning some chicken for chicken dinner".

These people are every bit as repulsive as the people in The Pink Swastika. And we know where those people took Germany.

28 posted on 07/08/2011 7:38:52 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Kill it. Nuke it. Burn the remains.

Then salt the ground.

29 posted on 07/08/2011 9:19:35 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: markomalley

Time to separate school and state, before it is too late.


30 posted on 07/08/2011 9:28:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The tea party was and is about the right to govern ourselves, according to natural right.)
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