You’ve heard the words. DIVERSITY. TOLERANCE. These are the buzz words of the last decade. Diversity awareness training in corporate America abounds. Diversity awareness and equality in schools is promoted. Acceptance of all. Surely that’s good, isn’t it? Promoting equal rights and tolerance. What could be better?
BUT is that truly the case?
Let me bring you up to date on how the NEA promotes equality for all -- that’s right, the National Education Association. The NEA is the largest labor Union in the U.S. They boldly proclaim on their website that, “We believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity, and equality of every individual in our diverse society.”
Recently, PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) received some correspondence from an NEA employee, a journalist who writes for NEA Today. The NEA correspondence was in response to an email from PFOX on the ex-gay community’s declaration for equal access and equal treatment in our nation’s schools. The journalist’s comment was brief and to the point -- “Please stop sending us you’re garbage. Sincerely, the Majority of America.”
This bigoted email came from an organization that, in a press release favoring same-sex marriage, states that the NEA supports “fairness, inclusion and freedom for all.” Worse yet, this email was written by an NEA journalist who apparently needs a refresher course on the correct use of the word “you’re.” You’re means ‘you are’ -- even a 5th grader knows that. The NEA journalist’s attempt at writing shows the sad state of our public schools today due to the NEA’s influence. Perhaps the quality public education of which the NEA boasts should start with its own employees?
PFOX is dedicated to true equality and true fairness. The PFOX email that prompted NEA’s bigoted comment urged the distribution of ex-gay flyers on the “Day of Silence” in order to give complete information on sexual orientation to students. Our ex-gay flyers tell teens about exploring the origin of same-sex attraction and warn them against early self-labeling as “gay” because sexuality develops over time. PFOX needs to be that other voice that is heard in the schools. Our children cannot just hear only the voice of those promoting homosexual behavior and thoughts. They need to know that if they are experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction, that change is possible. The voice of the ex-gay community also needs to be affirmed and respected.
PFOX filed a complaint with the NEA against this journalist. We also urged the NEA to institute reforms by specifically including ex-gays in all diversity and equality statements. We asked that they appoint a representative from the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus to the NEA Sexual Orientation Committee. We have had no response.
We will continue in our efforts to bring true acceptance for ALL. But, we need your help. The NEA is powerful and well-funded, as are many of the adversaries we face. BUT OUR VOICE CANNOT BE SILENCED! YOUR VOICE CANNOT BE SILENCED! Click here at http://pfox.org/donate.html to contribute today by mail or online so that this generation learns the real meaning of equality. They deserve no less.
PFOX Executive Director
P.S. Won’t you stand with us so that the genuine definitions of equality and respect are learned by all? With your gift today, you can help to make that happen!
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is the nation’s leading advocacy organization for love, support, and positive life change for the ex-gay community, their families, and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.