Gay-straight alliances: ignore or forbid, what's the difference?
A think tank representing Ontario's publicly funded Catholic school boards coined the euphemism of the century recently when it proposed that gay-straight alliance clubs operate under a hopelessly vague designation: "Respecting Differences." You can just see it in lights: the clubs' mission statements, and the Catholic boards' iconoclastic revision to Emma Lazarus’s legendary sonnet: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break free . . . oh yeah, also your gay, bisexual, transgendered . . . anyone with acne.” Alas, that won’t happen, because in addition to the name change, the proposal has also stipulated that gay kids (sorry, different kids) can’t talk about being gay. Perhaps “Ignoring Differences” would have been a more apt suggestion, because it’s obvious that Ontario’s separate school system is keen on treating homosexuality as an adolescent affliction like any other (bad breath, body odour) and the most humane way to deal with such an affliction is, of course, to sit a safe distance from the person who has it: i.e., to ignore it. Or, in the words of Ontario’s Catholic school boards, respect it. As one of the afflicted myself, I try to avoid the phrase, but “Respecting Differences”? That is so gay.
Since: Aug 08
GSA's should be in all schools.
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