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Taxpayer Money Awarded to GLSEN-For the Next 5 Years

by Candi Cushman

This is a sadly historic moment: We’ve learned that the federal government will now officially—for the next five years—fund one of the largest gay activists groups in the nation devoted to promoting homosexuality to public school kids of all ages.

GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) has been awarded an annually renewable grant from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). The grant will fund a five-year project that will allow GLSEN to “partner with 20 targeted school districts across the country” and to reach “14,500 school personnel and 4 million students.”

So GLSEN’s homosexual activism could soon be coming to a school near you—at taxpayers’ expense.

GLSEN announced that it plans to use the grant money (up to $285,000 per year)  in part to start “internal Implementation Teams” and training programs based on GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit.  We’ve written about the Safe Space Kit before, but here’s a quick overview.

Among other things, the Kit:

  • Promotes GLSEN’s controversial recommended book list  for use in schools.
  • Encourages teachers to display homosexual-themed materials from “LGBT organizations.” (LGBT=lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender).
  • Recommends that schools  “celebrate LGBT events” and incorporate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes into curriculum and school literature. “Whenever possible,” the guide tells educators to give examples of “same-sex couples” and “LGBT parents.”
  • Gives teachers an “LGBT-Inclusive School Checklist” to see if their school has, among other things, a “gender-neutral dress code” and “gender-neutral” bathrooms.
  • GLSEN also wants educators to avoid using words like “husband” or “wife” in the classroom and avoid using gender-specific pronouns. A vocabulary sheet included in the Kit offers alternative pronouns, such as “zie” rather than “he” or “she.” And “hir” rather than “him” or “her.”

So basically, if GLSEN has its way, the concept of ‘male’ and ‘female’ and traditional marriage—and even basic English language pronouns—will be rendered absolutely meaningless to the average public school student.

We have raised these questions before, but now they seem even more urgent: Should the federal government really be funding and promoting homosexual activist groups in schools that are waging campaigns which contradict the deeply held values of so many families? It’s one thing for government officials to express controversial opinions—it’s another to make us pay for them in our own schools.

And what about parental rights? Homosexual activists groups have often been supportive of efforts to mandate homosexuality lessons, even to elementary age children, against parents’ will. Should parents now have to pay for the endorsement of groups that are actively undermining their rights to direct the upbringing of their children?



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20 Responses to “Taxpayer Money Awarded to GLSEN-For the Next 5 Years”

  1. June 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm, BG said:

    This breaks my heart! How have we allowed this to happen? … What has happened to our religious freedoms?

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  2. June 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm, JB said:

    No, parents should not have to pay for endorsement of groups that are not only actively undermining their rights to direct the upbringing of their children, but also actively seeking to erase or nullify what it means to be a man or a woman or male or female. Thus adding more confusion to tweenage kids who are already struggling with life issues.

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  3. June 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm, Luis said:

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NUTS … TO INDOCTRINATE PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS!!!! … we must pray to our Holy God to inspire us and give us strength to fight it. What about a Hyde Amendment to prevent tax money from going to this nonsense?

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  4. June 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm, Carol said:

    Who are the 20 school districts that will be targeted? Just want to know if mine is among them, so I can pull my child out of the public school.

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    • June 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm, Candi Cushman said:

      Good question. So far all that we know is that they include 16 districts funded by the CDC’s DASH program–the Department of Adolescent and School Health. So it wouldn’t be a bad idea to email the CDC with this question. We’ll also continue to monitor the situation, do research and keep you apprised as we obtain more information. Here’s the CDC email, kindly provided by one of our blog followers! cdcinfo@cdc.gov

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  5. June 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm, Don & Margy Fletcher said:

    There are not words to describe our dismay and sorrow. Surely these times are so disturbing . …. God is on our side, but the “battle is his”
    God bless you for keeping us up to date on these most serious matters

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  6. June 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm, Laura said:

    God help us all!!

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  7. June 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm, Diane said:

    So where was this hidden to get passed through? How do we respond to those responsible for this? And how do we get this reversed?

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    • June 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm, Candi Cushman said:

      Thank you so much for your concern. As we responded to a previous comment, the best thing you can do is vote your values and your convictions at both the national and local level. Also, we like this suggestion submitted by a concerned citizen:

      Regarding the article: Taxpayer Money Awarded to GLSEN – This news is appalling. I would not believe it if I did not trust Citizen Link as a viable source. I wrote to the CDC expressing my disappointment, I hope others will too: cdcinfo@cdc.gov

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  8. June 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm, Layman John said:

    Here we are again! “Zie” for “he” or “she”, “hir” for “him” or “her”, “gay” for “homosexual”. What’s the difference. The homosexual activists come up with a change in terminology to promote their agenda, the media adopts it first, then Focus on the Family adopts it too.

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    • June 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm, Candi Cushman said:

      Just to clarify–CitizenLink is reporting this so that concerned citizens can do something about it and make their voice heard. Factual reporting is not the same thing as promoting something or advocacy.

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  9. June 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm, surfsiderob - HB said:

    Regarding the article: Taxpayer Money Awarded to GLSEN – This news is appalling. I would not believe it if I did not trust Citizen Link as a viable source. I wrote to the CDC expressing my disappointment, I hope others will too: cdcinfo@cdc.gov

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  10. June 24, 2011 at 6:15 am, Susan said:

    “zie” and “hir”…you have got to be kidding me! What a perversion of God’s plan! I am ashamed that this is being endorsed by our government. God will not be mocked.

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  11. June 24, 2011 at 8:03 am, J SCHULTZ said:

    I’m so sad and horrified that this is happening!

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  12. June 24, 2011 at 8:08 am, Mark Brezic said:

    Finally, a formal declaration of war.

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  13. June 24, 2011 at 8:10 am, Sherry Holland said:

    Other than calling our representatives, WHAT CAN WE DO!? I feel so helpless. I do homeschool (for obvious reasons), but so many of our friends have their children in the government school. What can we do to stop this!? Or can we?

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    • June 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm, Candi Cushman said:

      Thank you for this comment. We so appreciate your heart for our nation’s children and your passion. I think the best thing you can do is vote your values and your convictions at both the national and local level.

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  14. June 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm, Tristan George said:

    Are u kidding?!!!!! This is not what our children need to learn in school. Besides our Country is broke because the federal government is too involved in society. This is nOt ther role to do this. Our children need to learn how to start businesses and employ the people of the United States …

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  15. June 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm, Mike Eckhardt said:

    The battle lines have been drawn and this is a war for the hearts and minds of our children. We removed our son from public school six years ago because we saw more subtile aspects of this in his school at that time. We have homeschooled our son the past six years, and he is miles ahead of his peers academically. More importantly (yes, it’s more important), our son is getting an education with a Godly, Christ-centered worldview.

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  16. June 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm, Rita said:

    This is likely another of Obama and his czars’ job of pandering to the gay and lesbian community. Funny thing though, whether they are called zie or hir, it still takes a man and a woman to make a child …

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