A few weeks ago we made a passing, happy endings related mention to a school in Philadelphia that planned on including gay history in its academic schedule. Of course, the more conservative parents got their panties in a twist and raised a stink. Well, that stink just got way more pungent.
Gathering at Kings High School, a group of concerned citizens got together to discuss the issue. That discussion, however, turned into a full-fledged war of words as people insisted that the move was a blemish on the school’s fine educational standards. The Philadelphia Daily News quotes some angry residents:
“I am requesting that you rescind this gay and lesbian pride month. Issue new calendars for October and call this month anti-violence month, reading month,” said Ann Martin, a grandparent and ex- school district employee.
“Shame on you. Shame on you,” she said, shouting at the school officials. “It’s never too late to right a wrong. What were you thinking?”
Robert Gray, of the African American Freedom and Reconstruction League, stood as his wife read his statement: “The children aren’t taught to read, write and master life-survival skills. However, our children are being taught gender preference. This is totally unacceptable.”
Funny, both these people seem to think that gay history equals illiteracy. Listen, honey, if you really believe your kids aren’t being taught to read at school, then you’ve got bigger problems than just a bit of gay history.
What we can’t understand is why people get so fucking bent out of shape about gay history. It could be way worse: it could be serial killer appreciation month or rape that girl right there month, both of which would certainly be worse than a little homo history.