Showing posts with label Gay Americans. Show all posts
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June 5, 2017

"History Unerase" Brings Light, Truth About Gay Americans in Schools

LOWELL, Mass..... For generations, young Americans could go all the way through high school without learning that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have long been part of their country's history. 
Spurred by gay rights victories at the Supreme Court and elsewhere in recent years, a Lowell, Massachusetts-based organization called History Unerased is trying to change that by training teachers to bring that knowledge to U.S. classrooms. 

Image: High school math teacher Chris Johnson speaks during a training session with the group History Unerased in Lowell

High school math teacher Chris Johnson speaks during a training session by History UnErased (HUE) in Lowell, Massachusetts on May 18, 2017.  Brian Snyder / Reuters

"People who we label and understand as LGBTQ today have always existed in every nation, in every belief system, in every ethnicity," said co-founder Debra Fowler, using a version of the acronym that can mean "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning." 
The former high-school teacher started the nonprofit group with a colleague in 2015. It is the only entity licensed by the U.S. Department of Education to provide lesson-ready curricula covering LGBTQ issues. 
The program, which includes historical documents such as newspapers, letters and interviews, ranges from having second-graders talk about a boy who was made fun of in the 1950s for acting differently from his classmates to discussions for high schoolers about the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. 
The group may face an uphill battle in getting school districts across the nation to incorporate its materials into existing literature, history and science classes because some social conservatives have expressed outrage at the idea of introducing LGBTQ topics to young students. 

Image: Debra Fowler, co-founder of History Unerased (HUE) leads a training session for educators in Lowell

Debra Fowler, co-founder of History UnErased leads a training session for educators in Lowell, Massachusetts, on May 18, 2017. Brian Snyder / Reuters

Such issues remain highly controversial, as evidenced by Republican President Donald Trump's revocation of Democratic predecessor Barack Obama's guidance to public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. 
"Teaching quality history, literature, math and any other curriculum does not warrant discussion by kindergartners about a person's sexual conduct or preferences," Massachusetts Family Institute President Andrew Beckwith said. 
"It concerns me that these ideas would be included in classrooms with children as young as 6 years old," said Beckwith, whose organization had long fought gay marriage. 
Besides producing materials for lessons, History Unerased has run training sessions for about 400 teachers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. 
The group is in talks with public school districts in New York City, San Diego and Broward County, Florida, about using some of its content in the next academic year. 
The subject is particularly fraught for children and teens who may be just coming to terms with their own sexuality. History Unerased cites statistics that four of five LGBTQ youths report being bullied and that LGBTQ students are 30 percent more likely than their straight peers to drop out of school. 
Advocates say the U.S. educational curriculum often addresses issues involving other minority groups, such as black and Latino Americans, but not LGBTQ topics. 
"We need to go beyond the bullying and guidance counsellor issues," said New York Councilman Daniel Dromm, who is seeking funding for the program for the city's public schools next year. "There is a history to the LGBT community that everyone should know about."  
The program does not attempt to apply modern labels to historic figures. For instance, lessons do not focus on whether 19th-century American poet Walt Whitman was gay, a question scholars are still debating. 
Instead, History Unerased tells stories of people who clearly identified as gay, such as Sylvia Rivera, one of the leading figures of the 1969 New York Stonewall riots, and Bayard Rustin, who played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement. 
Sara Rosetta "Lyons" Wakeman, a woman who dressed as a man to fight for the North in the U.S. Civil War, was chosen specifically because history does not make her motives clear. 

Image: Eric Marcus, creator and host of the "Making Gay History" podcast, speaks during a training session with the group History Unerased in Lowell

Eric Marcus, creator and host of the "Making Gay History" podcast, speaks during a training session with History UnErased in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2017. Brian Snyder / Reuters

"I showed this unit to a trans young man, and he told me that if he had this in grade school, he would have recognized this urge already," said co-founder Miriam Morgenstern. "He would have had some comfort and understanding from this story." 
Some educators who have worked with the group said they found that the issues the program raised surprise the students less than their parents. 
At Broward County public schools, where 1.4 percent of high-school students say they are transgender, LGBTQ+ Coordinator Kezia Gilyard said History Unerased could help LGBTQ students feel fully included in the school community. 
"Children need to see reflections of themselves in the curriculum," Gilyard said. "We believe in teaching the whole child to make sure they have a deep sense of empathy as well as critical thinking skills." 
This story was originally posted on NBC by 

November 22, 2014

Obama Vs Reagan and with Other Presidents and the Gay bathroom Question in the Homophobe Mind

Sometimes the truth comes in small packages and two people that write letters, the criminally insane or the one with nothing to do which sometimes takes to the computer could never match because these two stamens below are small but not in conscience, historical and factual events:

Obama Vs Reagan and other Presidents

George Owen Lambus, Jackson                            

Everybody that writes to The Clarion-Ledger is talking about how Ronald Reagan got rid of communism, how Reagan’s speech in Berlin eventually got the wall torn down etc.
I do not recall reading about a Gen. Ronald Reagan battling the Nazis. I do not recall a Gen. Ronald Reagan in the Korean War. I did see Reagan visit the grave of Hitler’s 55 (Schutzstaffel) troops and Hitler’s secret police called the Gestapo.
The United States under the presidency of Barack Obama is a force to reckoned with. If Russia, Red China or North Korea were to really threaten this country, I guarantee you there would be a flash of light over those countries and mushroom clouds, and they would be history.
This is the most powerful country in the history of mankind except for Israel when God fought her battles!
 Gay bathroom

C.E. Swain, Carthage
As I understand it, the recent controversy concerning homosexuality involves a mayor’s efforts to protect the rights of victims of Mother Nature’s cruel mistake and the use of restrooms. The reason many people feel so strongly about this issue is that they believe the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin worthy of death.
I know it is heresy, but some of the words in the Word of God are not the words of God, and the time we recognize homosexuality for what it is and act accordingly is long overdue.
But, as I have the story, the mayor went far beyond the rule that says “my rights end where yours begin.” Homosexuals no doubt feel like the opposite sex and are more comfortable with “their kind,” but reason dictates that gays’ rights end at the restroom door.

June 13, 2013

This Survey Just Released See Gay Americans As Less Happy and More Complex

  Even as they acknowledge greater acceptance by society, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are, on average, less happy than other U.S. adults, and many report instances of rejection and harassment, according to a sweeping new survey.
The survey, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, is one of the largest and most detailed ever conducted among LGBT respondents by a major U.S. polling organization.
It was conducted April 11-29 among a national sample of 1,197 adults who had previously identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It was administered online, a survey mode that Pew says produces more honest answers on sensitive topics than less anonymous methods.
"What we find is that for LGBT Americans, these are the best of times, but that doesn't mean these are easy times," said Paul Taylor, the Pew Center's executive vice president. "Many are still searching for a comfortable place in a society where acceptance is growing but remains limited."
The survey's findings — released as gay-rights supporters await U.S. Supreme Court rulings this month on same-sex marriage — reveal an intriguing mix of outlooks and experiences.

For example, 92 percent of the respondents say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, and an equal number expect even more acceptance in the decade ahead.
Yet 39 percent said that at some point they were rejected by a family member or close friend because of their sexual orientation; 30 percent said they had been physically attacked or threatened; 29 percent reported feeling unwelcome in a place of worship; and 58 percent said they'd been the target of slurs or derogatory jokes.
Compared with the general public, the LGBT respondents are more liberal politically, less religious and less happy with their lives. Only 18 percent of LGBT adults describe themselves as "very happy," compared with 30 percent of all adults.
Additionally, their family incomes were lower than average, which Pew said could be linked to the smaller size of their households and the fact that the LGBT respondents were younger, on average, than adults overall. Only 20 percent of the survey respondents reported family incomes of more than $75,000, compared to 34 percent for the general public, while 39 percent of the LGBT adults reported family income of under $30,000, compared to 28 percent of all adults.
The survey illustrated how religion is problematic for many LGBT adults. A large majority of respondents described the Mormon Church, the Catholic Church, evangelical churches and Islam as unfriendly toward LGBT people. Views of Judaism and mainline Protestant churches were mixed.
Forty-eight percent of the respondents said they had no religious affiliation, compared with 20 percent of the general public. Of the LGBT adults with religious affiliations, one-third said there is a conflict between their religious beliefs and their sexual orientation.
Survey respondents were asked about their decisions regarding how and when to tell others about their sexual orientation. About 56 percent said they had told their mother and 39 percent have told their father; most who did tell a parent said it was difficult, but relatively few said it damaged the relationship.
The poll found gay men and lesbians were far more apt than bisexuals to have told important people in their life about their sexual orientation.
The respondents surveyed by Pew included 398 gay men, 277 lesbians, 479 bisexuals and 43 transgender people — roughly reflecting the breakdown reported by demographers who have tried to quantify America's LGBT population. Pew did not attempt to estimate the share of the U.S. population that is LGBT, but noted that other recent studies have made estimates in the range of 3.5 percent to 5 percent.
Pew's survey found that lesbians are more likely than gay men to be in a committed relationship (66 percent versus 40 percent). It also found that women, whether lesbian or bisexual, are significantly more likely than men to either already have children or to say they want to have children.
According the survey, 93 percent of LGBT adults favor legalization of same-sex marriage. However, 39 percent said the marriage debate has drawn too much attention away from other issues, such as employment rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and adoption rights.
The survey found that one in six LGBT adults — mostly bisexuals with opposite-sex partners — are married, compared with about half the adults in the general public.
Large majorities of LGBT adults and the general public agree that love, companionship and making a lifelong commitment are very important reasons to marry. However the LGBT respondents are twice as likely as other adults to say that obtaining legal rights and benefits is also a very important reason to marry, while the general public is more likely than LGBT respondents to say that having children is a very important reason.
Survey respondents were asked to name public figures most responsible for advancing LGBT rights.
President Barack Obama, who announced his support for same-sex marriage last year, was the top pick — named by 23 percent of respondents. Next, at 18 percent, was comedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who came out as a lesbian in 1997 while starring in a prime-time network TV show. No one else was named by more than 3 percent of respondents.
In a separate event, Obama on Thursday marked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month by calling on Congress to pass legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians and others. "I want to sign that bill," he said.
Obama said that in more than 30 states people can be fired because of who they are or who they love.
The survey was administered by the GfK Group using KnowledgePanel, its nationally representative online research panel. The margin of sampling error for the full LGBT sample is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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