Brentwood School's GSA Community
article is related to gay issues, but it's general principle is also simply outrageous. Read. You might become just as annoyed as I am with the school's decision.
Clip from a recent article:
The nation's new education secretary denounced PBS on Tuesday for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles.
The not-yet-aired episode of "Postcards From Buster" shows the title character, an animated bunny named Buster, on a trip to Vermont -- a state known for recognizing same-sex civil unions. The episode features two lesbian couples, although the focus is on farm life and maple sugaring.
The episode is really only supposed to be about maple sugaring. Buster briefly visits a family in the episode, and a women invites Buster into her home, and you see her partner cooking in the kitchen. The story isn't supposed to focus on the lesbian couple at all. Buster says "While there, we visited Emma, David, and James, who live with their two moms, Karen and Gillian." That's it. Yet critics fear that this episode might 'promote that sort of lifestyle'. The show has been cut and will never air.
Did you see the "Couples Talk Free" commercial for Tmobile? Go Tmobile, I'm so proud of you!
Basically, it starts with a heterosexual couple who is outraged with their high phone bill. "Who have you been talking to?" The man asks the woman. "You!" She says. Then they pan through like 6 different couples, with one partner pointing at the other saying "You!". Their different couples consisted not only of different races, but different sexualities as well. One of the couples was a male homosexual couple. One tiny step for humankind :).
Ugh, someone who shall remain nameless used the word fag again in my presence. He was talking about how some people are voting for Bush, but should be voting Democratic because it would benefit them more. He refrenced pro-Bush homosexuals, and called them "stupid, closet fags". Although I will admitt that pro-Bush homosexuals is somwhat of a paradox, I slugged him for using the word. Well he fought me on this one tooth and nail, and here was how he defended his argument:
"Okay, being offended is all relative. Cheney was offended when Kerry called his daughter a lesbian. Does that mean Kerry shouldn't have called her a lesbian, because it offended Cheney?" He asked.
"No, lesbian is the right word used to refer to a homosexual woman." I said.
"It might be 'right' to you, but when Kerry called Cheney's daughter a lesbian, that was mean and offensive to Cheney!" He insisted
"But Cheney's daughter is a lesbian!" I explained.
"That was offensive!" He proclaimed, thinking he was being funny.
Guh, some people.
Sun, Aug. 29th, 2004, 07:07 pm
Hey GSA-ers. This community is a bit dormant at the moment, so I'm going to give news that isn't real news. But I think it's pretty interesting. So I was looking random artists on my music dowload program, and I decided to look up Fefe Dobson (I know, I know, Fefe Dobson?). So I check out a list of her top downloads, and (gasp!) song with the top downloads was not her marvellous 'Take me Away'. It was this song called 'Girls and Boys'. So I listened. Check out the chorus:
Girls and Boys should be together
Girls and Boys can rule the world
Boys and Boys should be together
Girls and Girls can rule the world
(stolen from a lyrics site, because I wasn't sure if she was actually saying what I thought she was saying)
Interesting? Well I think so. I think it's a cool chorus, even if she didn't mean for it to empower both gay and straight youth. She probably did mean to, though, I mean come on: 'Boys and boys should be together'?!. Popular music is always about boys and girls being together, and Fefe Dobson is pretty pop culture, so I just thought that was cool that she talked about boys & boys/girls & girls. Even if she is a bad singer/artist.
Sorry for the long update.
Please oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment by calling the Senate Switch Board at the following number.
Be heard!(202) 224-3121
The American Family Association is doing it. Shouldn't you?
Which of these might you be interested in for next year?
Bisexual and/or Transexual Awareness Day
Movie nights every month or every other month
Introductory packet for new members (which we'll hopefully have)
Occasional after school meetings
A help line email for the school to ask us questions
National Coming Out Day
Transgendered Rememberance Day
More talks with Human Development classes
Middle school assembly (organized this time!)
In what ways might we 'recruit' more members next year?
What other goals/ideas do you have for next year?