Anyone who's been following the bizarre California school system understands the danger of including sexual orientation in the school's antidiscrimination policy.
I probably ought not to go to the meeting. I do not mix well with homosexuals, having been assaulted three times as a youngster by male homosexuals intent on "converting" me to their lifestyle.
They were NOT successful!
I am an openly heterosexual man; I like women!
I refuse to accept the claim homosexual's make that one is "born" homosexual; that it is "natural," and that homosexuals as a class ought to have special "Rights."
I know it is a lie and I know their claim of special rights is a perversion of the Constitution.
Homosexuals are "made," not born. And, as Americans, they have all the rights they need.
HSAT, how may I help you prevent this atrocity from happening?
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Published on June 23, 2002
The Washington Times
Schools¹ gay-rights proposal draws fire
Some members of the Fairfax County school board are opposing a proposal that would ban discrimination against homosexual employees, saying the measure would be redundant and is not necessary. At-large member Rita Thompson said adding the words "sexual orientation" to laws that already provide protection for employees would not enhance the statutes in any way, saying that only a small group has been pushing for the change. "It is not a concern for parents or the
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Rita is one of us. She was at the Fourth of July event sponsered by the Leadership Institute. Unfortunately, she's in the minority on the board as it is dominated by Democrats at present.
By ANDREI BLAKELY Journal staff writer
Anti-gay activists rallied Thursday against the possible inclusion of sexual orientation in Fairfax County Public Schools' nondiscrimination policy.
Several protesters said adding the words sexual orientation to the nondiscrimination policy would lead gay teachers and students to advocate a one-sided homosexual agenda.
"Sexual orientation is a loaded term," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute. "It didn't come out of nowhere. It was created by homosexual activists. What happens next is homosexual activists begin to [take action] in schools."
The School Board is scheduled to vote on the revised nondiscrimination policy at its July 25 meeting.
Robert Rigby, one of the supporters of changing the nondiscrimination policy, restated his objectives during the citizen participation section of Thursday's School Board meeting, which followed the rally.
"Many parents, students, teachers and administrators in this system are afraid, whether it's of being exposed, or negative phone calls or messages, or lack of support from higher levels in the system," Rigby said.
Rigby is a representative of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, a group that was criticized by several speakers at the rally.
Thursday's rally is the first response from anti-gay members in the Fairfax County community to the proposed change in the nondiscrimination policy. Several said the change is against state law and would lead to the promotion of an unhealthy homosexual lifestyle to young children.
The rally was attended by representatives from the Culture and Family Institute, Concerned Women for America and the Family Foundation.
Peter LaBarbera, of the Culture and Family Institute, questioned whether the policy change is needed since no discrimination cases have been reported.
"It is clearly a radical agenda," LaBarbera said. "It is important parents learn the true agenda of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network. You don't need to promote homosexuality to have safe schools."
Group believes homosexuals can reorient their sexuality
By BILL WHEATON
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, a nonpartisan organization headquartered in Northern Virginia, is dedicated to educating the public regarding ex-gay men and women, and to supporting the ex-gay community and those families whose lives have been affected by homosexuality.
Their annual convention was held recently in Alexandria, and I was invited to attend.
PFOX believes homosexuals can reorient their sexuality, and there is an overwhelming amount of evidence to support that position.
Homosexual activists, however, choose to turn a blind eye to it, which is the epitome of intolerance.
Part of that evidence was a number of ex-gay speakers at the convention, some of whom were there with their wives and children.
One speaker had been prominently featured in a pro-homosexual propaganda video, "It's Elementary." This video, produced by two lesbian activists, was intended to recruit schoolteachers into promoting the homosexual lifestyle in classrooms.
He was shown in a classroom setting telling students about homosexuality. Now as an ex-gay, this deception lays heavy upon his heart, and he came all the way from California to share his story.
PFOX believes, as I do, that you can love the homosexual as a person without accepting the behavior. Many of the attendees at the convention were parents of homosexuals who were searching for ways to help their children trapped in homosexuality. I have a stepniece who is a lesbian.
The speakers provided lots of encouragement and made available a wealth of material on homosexuality and reorientation. The bookstore was always crowded.
Although their stories were all dynamic and different, they all had common elements. In every case, ex-gay males all mentioned their lack of relationship with their fathers.
Dr. Joseph Nicolosi is a well-known expert on the subject of sexual reorientation and president of the National Association for Research and Treatment of Homosexuality. In his 15 years dealing with hundreds of homosexual men, he says, he has never found one who had a loving, respectful relationship with his father.
Another common element in each of the stories was the sensitive temperament of the individual. As boys go, they were not the typical rough-and-tumble types, but more reserved and emotionally sensitive.
They did not receive gender affirmation from their fathers at the critical time in their lives, between 18 months and 5 years, and didn't develop a healthy male gender identity. This could be called sexual disorientation.
When they reached adolescence or even adulthood, they were still sexually disoriented.
They learned to become homosexual because there was simply no alternative presented to them. They were in fact indoctrinated.
I now better understand that when some say they have been homosexual all their lives, what they are actually referring to is their sensitive temperament, which they were born with. They confuse that with their homosexuality, which was learned.
This also explains why homosexual advocates put so much effort into the introduction of homosexuality into the public schools. The National Education Association is one of the nation's biggest proponents of homosexuality, while it discriminates against ex-gays.
PFOX applied to have an information booth at the recent NEA convention, but was turned down. The NEA claimed that all booths were taken, but according to the concessionaire handling the booths, that was a lie.
It would appear the NEA violated its own policy, and a sexual orientation discrimination complaint has been filed with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights.
Fairfax County schools Superintendent Daniel Domenech has met with homosexual activists and agreed to all their initiatives, according to the Washington Blade. This includes pro-homosexual brochures for guidance counselors and other school staff. They also want at least 10 pro-homosexual books in every high school library.
For balance, there should be comparable sexual reorientation materials and 10 pro-sexual reorientation books. However, since Domenech has not responded to PFOX's request to provide information on sexual reorientation, Fairfax students will be presented with only one option: homosexuality. That is indoctrination.
Now a homosexual activist teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools is lobbying for a change to Policy 1450 on nondiscrimination. He wants it changed to include sexual orientation, which could even result in male homosexual teachers coming to school in feminine attire.
Ex-gays tell how, deep down inside, they always knew their behavior was wrong, but they needed constant assurance to overcome that deep-seated guilt. This explains to me why homosexual activists are so aggressive in issues such as these.
The intolerance toward sexual reorientation is rampant. Dr. Robert L. Spitzer was a hero when, in 1973, he led an effort to remove homosexuality from the American Psychological Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
The same Dr. Spitzer is now a pariah because he had the integrity to examine the evidence for sexual reorientation and concluded that homosexuals can and do change. Gays disenchanted with their lifestyle can now believe there is really a way out.
Bill Wheaton lives in Falls Church. His column appears every other Friday. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools plan vote on policy protecting gays
By ANDREI BLAKELY Journal staff writer
Gay employees, students and applicants for employment to Fairfax County Public Schools may receive new protection from discrimination in the county school system.
The Fairfax County School Board decided Thursday at a work session to select a revised nondiscrimination policy for the district that would include "sexual orientation" as one of its criteria. A vote is expected in late July.
The policy is a change some School Board members said is needed after hearing testimony of residents at several meetings who have supported changing the language.
Other School Board members said they do not think such a change is needed because it is not required by law and there have been no major incidents of discrimination reported.
No incidents of employee discrimination because of sexual orientation have been reported to the school system's Office of Equity and Complaints, said Brad Draeger, assistant superintendent in the Human Resources Department.
One discrimination incident involving a student was reported to the school system's Office of Equity of Compliance, Draeger said, but when officials investigated it, there was no evidence of any occurrence.
But that does not mean such discrimination does not exist, he said.
"I've truly never encountered a discrimination-free society," Draeger said. "It's always there. If it does exist, we as a school system would like to know about it. We want the adult work place to be a role model for our students."
The lack of sexual orientation in the nondiscrimination policy raises questions about discrimination for some School Board members.
"Under the policy, can we fire an employee because they were gay?" School Board Chairman Stuart D. Gibson, Hunter Mill District, asked at the work session.
Draeger replied no, because the employer would need just cause.
School Board member Christian N. Braunlich, Lee District, questioned motives behind the change.
"We have to protect rights so no one in the school system is discriminated against," Braunlich said. "We also have to protect [free] speech rights. You have varying viewpoints about the morality of the gay lifestyle. [If] you have a person who believes deeply homosexuality is wrong [and he expresses that vocally]. Is that discrimination?"
Last year, the School Board voted to include sexual orientation in the student responsibilities and rights handbook as a violation for disruptive or inappropriate student behavior.
"We're just going to follow what other [districts] previously did and what the county did," said School Board member Isis Castro, Mount Vernon District.
Language for sexual orientation exists in the discrimination policies used in Alexandria City, Arlington County and the Fairfax County governments.
School Board member Mychele B. Brickner, at large, is against the change.
"The way the policy is written now, we already have the authority to address any form of discrimination," Brickner said. "We're already in compliance and this change is unnecessary."
Schools may prohibit discrimination of gays
Fairfax County policy may expand protections
By ANDREI BLAKELY Journal staff writer
The Fairfax County School Board will consider adding sexual orientation to its divisionwide nondiscrimination policy.
The present policy for students and teachers prohibits discrimination based on age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status or handicapping condition.
A discussion of the nondiscrimination policy, which was last revised in 1991, is scheduled for a work session on June 27.
Alexandria and Arlington are the only Northern Virginia school jurisdictions with sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policies. George Mason University also includes sexual orientation in its policy.
Language for sexual orientation is in the Fairfax County government's nondiscrimination policy and the student handbook, but not the school system's general divisionwide policy. The current policy does not include school employees or applicants for employment.
The issue of discrimination is a growing concern for the school system, said Schools Superintendent Daniel A. Domenech.
"This is an area that is prohibitive," Domenech said. "We've been working in bringing to the attention of our staff [the issue of discrimination] so everybody is aware of what should not be taking place in our schools.
"I have heard about incidents of discrimination involving sexual orientation, but that is not the only area of discrimination that we heard something [about]."
The recommendation to make the change is not coming from the school system's administrative staff, but Domenech said he does not object to adding sexual orientation to the nondiscrimination policy.
Robert Rigby, a special education teacher at Hayfield Secondary School in the Alexandria section of the county and co-chairman of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, has brought up the issue of sexual orientation at School Board meetings.
"This policy is essentially a promise that the school system will treat all members of the community fairly," Rigby said at a recent School Board meeting in a prepared statement. "But there is no such promise related to sexual orientation. The implication is that the majority group is welcome in the school district, but that the School Board is indifferent to the treatment of sexual minorities."
Robert E. Frye, at large, chairman of the School Board's human resources committee, is bringing the issue up for discussion on June 27 in response to Rigby and other supporters of the change.
"I don't see this as a big change for our policy," Frye said. "The bottom line is we don't think students or staff should be discriminated against. We are an educational organization and we need to teach the children."
Frye said he is not aware of any major opposition on the School Board to the change.
The School Board in May 2001 amended the Student Responsibility and Rights handbook with a 9-3 vote to prohibit students from abusing or harassing classmates on the basis of sexual orientation or other matters pertaining to sexuality.
Opponents of the change at the time suggested language already in the policy generally covered all types of discrimination.
The current issue, however, is different than the change to the student handbook, School Board Chairman Stuart D. Gibson, Hunter Mill District said. "It deals with more than student conduct," Gibson said.
School Board members contacted Monday including Gibson; Ernestine C. Heastie, Providence District; Judith Wilson, Braddock District; and Kathy Smith, Sully District did not want to comment on the policy until they read more.
Officials at the Fairfax Education Association and Fairfax County Federation of Teachers were not available for comment.