(4/23/09) When Will It End?

5 08 2009

As most have probably realized by now, there are lots of things that drive me crazy about the gay rights movement. There’s ridiculous arguements against marriage equaliy, equally stupid reasons why gay and lesbians couldn’t be great parents, and the never-ending rant over how much God hates us.

But what drives me crazy the most is when you bring kids into it. Children don’t have this power to fight the bigotry that equal rights leaders do, making them immune to torment from their peers.

Kate Kendell, leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, has brought to the attention of the growing problem in American schools- kids being hurt by anti-gay slurs to the extent that they kill themselves.

Just in the past week, two 11 year old boys, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover and Jaheem Herrera hung themselves after being beaten and taunted with anti-gay slurs.

To make matters worse, neither boy identified himself as gay.

Has being different from everyone else really seem so bad that it’s okay to use such words to insult someone? Even words such as “gay” and “lesbian”?

The worst part is, most schools seem to not care as much as they should. As was the case with Carl Walker-Hoover, his parents had repeatedly told the school to stop the bullying, and the school said they had…but obviously, it was continuing.

The problem is, some schools are unaware of what goes on among their students. Or maybe they think that anti-gay bullying only happens to gay students, which they may believe is a small minority. The truth is, such  bullying can happen to anyone, whether you really are gay or not.

Right-wing ideology and general hate against the LGBT community has brought about the idea that if the “gay lifestyle” is wrong, then it’s perfectly fine to use such anti-gay slurs. Even if it means putting innocent kid’s life at risk?

Is this really right, though? Is it fair to have kids tormented to death, too often in literal terms, just because of a groups beliefs?

Apparently, in some people’s eyes, it is. Kate mentions in her blog that anti-gay groups in California are trying to challenge the state’s Student Civil Rights Act as it is “a ‘safety hazard’ that jeopardizes students.”

Since when was protecting kids’ lives a safety hazard?! We’re trying to protect kids’ lives, and you think that’s wrong, all because it will prevent discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity? How many kids have to be beaten, humiliated, or die before you take a stand against bullying? Do something now!

Kate Kendell’s blog: http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=blog_katesBlog042209

Article about Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=7328091&page=1

Article about Jaheem Herrera: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/dekalb/stories/2009/04/21/boy_suicide_bullying_decatur.html

Edit: Moved from other blog

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