Homophobia: How it Affects Kids
Billboards posted up and down
California's Central Valley last summer
screamed PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM THE
HOMOSEXUAL ASSAULT. The billboards served
their purpose: the California legislature
caved in to pressure and killed a bill to
protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) youth from violence in
the public schools.
From Anita Bryant in the seventies to
this year's Knight Initiative, the
constant, consistent message from the
anti-gay right is: gay men and lesbians
are a threat to society and to children.
This is the Big Lie technique: repeat a
falsehood until it comes to be accepted
as true. It does not matter to our
opponents that there is no valid evidence
to support the statement, because the
statement -- whether expressed outright
or implied -- works.
(source: Peter Teague,
Stuart's guest appearance on Peggy
LeMire's KFNX show State of Mind.