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GLSEN Encourages Youth Experimentation

Blurring the lines between 'gay' and straight... 

How GLSEN Encourages Student Experimentation With Homosexuality

GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, distributes a manual, 'Tackling Gay Issues In School,' which outlines classroom lessons and staff development activities.Teachers throughout the country have consulted this material for lessons on tolerance, diversity, etc.

Amazingly, many of these lessons assume that students even in middle school could be 'fluid' in their sexual feelings and behavior.

So, why does GLSEN claim that kids aren't influenced by pro-homosexual school activities and material?

In this manual,there are numerous lessons which encourage or assume 'fluid' sexual behavior and desires- that is, both heterosexual and homosexual practices, as one pleases. This is a contradiction of the concept of clear-cut 'identities' - gay, lesbian,straight, bisexual, transgendered.

GLSEN also maintains that current trends toward support of homosexuality in schools could never cause more homosexual behavior among students.

Parents have nothing to worry about, GLSEN assures us. In fact, on page 189 of this manual, in discussing homosexual clubs, GLSEN says that exposure to pro-homosexual programs can't 'create' or encourage homosexuality:

'Contrary to the wholly unsubstantiated arguments of opponents, gay/straight alliances do not cause young people to become involved in sexual activity earlier than they otherwise would or to 'choose' a sexual orientation that would otherwise not be their orientation.'

It seems odd, then, that this same manual spends so much time on the 'crossover' aspects of sexuality- from heterosexual activity to homosexual, or vice versa- and assuring kids that such a mixture of feelings is 'normal.' In fact, in many places, students as young as middle school are encouraged to identify, examine and explore such feelings.

Let's look at some of these lessons.

1. Kinsey Scale. On pages 65-66, the infamous Kinsey Scale for sexuality is the subject of a lesson plan for high schoolers and up.

The scale, devised by the much-discredited Alfred Kinsey, has participants place themselves on a scale of 0 through 6 as to their degree of exclusively heterosexual feelings and behavior (0), exclusively homosexual (6), or anything in between.

As part of this lesson, additional 'findings' from Kinsey's now-disputed research are covered, including the claim that only 50% of the population were at '0', that is, exclusively heterosexual. Also reported to the students in this lesson are statements like, '60% of all men had some type of homosexual relationship before age sixteen.'

2. On page 59, the manual has a page of 'myths' about sexuality for students as young as middle school. Here's a 'myth' according to this page:

"One homosexual experience as an adolescent will play a large part in determining whether a person will be homosexual as an adult."

3. On page 64, a lesson implies that it's okay to fantasize about a 'gay' person even if you think of yourself as a heterosexual. This is a lesson for middle school and older students.

4. On page 63, in a lesson on terms like 'sexual orientation,' the manual says, 'A person's sexual behavior can be different from his or her sexual orientation. For example, some lesbians and gay men may have sex with members of the opposite gender due to desire... [or other factors].'

5. In a lesson on page 78 called 'Bisexual Basics' for middle schoolers and older, the 
complexity of "sexual orientation" is discussed. The lesson states:

'Each of us should have the freedom to explore our sexual orientation and find our own unique expression of lesbian, bisexual, gay, straight, or any combination of these.'

6. On page 142, educators are given the following advice:

'When you begin a lesson in 9th grade health class about birth control, mention that kids who are abstaining may some day be glad they learned about this, and that those who are gay or lesbian may have a partner of the opposite sex at some point in their lives, too.'

7. On page 80, GLSEN states, in a lesson for middle school and older:

'It is not yet known what specifically causes either heterosexuality or homosexuality.'


  1. GLSEN, like most homosexual activist groups, talks out of both sides of its mouth.
  2. Homosexuality and bisexuality can be entered into by choice-and left by choice as well, and GLSEN fully understands this.
  3. There is every reason to believe that school support and graphic discussion of homosexuality will draw more children and teens into the behavior. The teaching activities recommended by GLSEN not only use this probability to further their radical agenda- but they seem to count on it happening, all the while they deny that this is a reality.
  4. Any school that cares about the long-term welfare of its students will exclude GLSEN from any involvement with students or staff, and reject implementation of any of its recommendations.


Tackling Gay Issues in School: A Resource Module edited by Leif Mitchell, co-sponsored by GLSEN, 1999, Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and Leif Mitchell.