Efforts to increasingly sexualize our children will be at an all time high this fall. The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national organization, recently selected its Richmond Chapter to conduct a pilot program to promote the homosexual agenda in 60 Central Virginia middle schools.  GLSEN works through its local chapters with the goal of imposing its morality on today's youth. GLSEN explains its mission this way:

Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.

"Heterosexism"? (For that matter, "impacts"?)

In the next few months, GLSEN Richmond will contact the guidance director of each of the targeted 60 middle schools and provide them with a "Safe Schools Kit." This kit contains information encouraging the guidance director to create a "safe environment" for "LGBTQ" (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or "questioning") students and specifically encouraging them to decrease bullying based on "real or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity."

Delegate David Englin (D-45, Alexandria) introduced a bill in 2009 that singled out bullying on the basis of sexual orientation. A House sub-committee passed a substitute bill instead, since the General Assembly previously passed comprehensive bullying reform a few years prior that does not single out any particular group, but applies to all students equally. Bullying, no matter the content and no matter the target, is not tolerated in Virginia public schools, making GLSEN's middle school initiative that much more inappropriate and unnecessary.

GLSEN's materials regularly undermine both parental authority and religious teaching. They seek to separate children from their families and from their faith upbringing.

Is this what you've intended your tax dollars to be used for in our public schools? GLSEN is encouraging students to question and ultimately reject what they learn from their parents and church community regarding sexuality. While no child should be bullied, the fact is that GLSEN and other pro-homosexual groups are using harassment as a way to promote a dangerous lifestyle and attack the values taught by families across our commonwealth.

Contact the guidance department at your local middle school and urge them to reject the GLSEN "Safe Schools" agenda. Additionally, if you have a child enrolled in a Central Virginia public middle school, get especially involved in your child's education this fall and keep an eye on what your child is being taught. Our schools should be safe — in the true sense of the word — and our children protected from liberal indoctrination.