By Diana Lynne
January 24, 2002
Instructions on homosexual sodomy and a glorified account of lesbian pedophilia are among the instructional materials approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District for use in "diversity" and "safety" programs being presented to elementary through high school students.
The sexually explicit materials promoting homosexuality were highlighted late last week at a California State Assembly committee hearing. Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia, provided excerpts in support of his legislative bill AB 1326, which is aimed at prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality in public education. The measure was summarily defeated without discussion.
"The material is being put forward under the guise of tolerance and diversity, but it's inappropriate. It's lewd and lascivious ... and is darn embarrassing. Here I sit in my office reading my porn. It made me turn red, and I don't easily turn red," Mountjoy told WorldNetDaily. Mountjoy concludes the committee's vote against his bill sanctions continued use of the material in public schools.
Among the materials is a "Models of Pride II" reading list (see page 1 and page 2) consisting of "a few of the many titles that can help you deal with issues, and help parents understand and accept their gay and lesbian children."
"Young, Gay & Proud," "One Teenager In 10: Writings by Gay & Lesbian Youth" and "Homophobia as Child Abuse" are three of the 27 recommended titles.
"I challenge every parent and school board member to review these books and decide if they are appropriate for our children," said Mountjoy, "If you have trouble finding them, contact the LAUSD. They can give you the names of the 'adult' bookstores they recommend."
In one excerpt from "Young, Gay, & Proud," the author writes: "There are a lots of ways for gay men to have enjoyable sex. ... It's up to you to find out what you like and how you like to do it. ... Jerking off is a fun, safe and healthy way for guys to enjoy our bodies and fantasies." The author goes on to provide explicit details of how "gay men can make love." A note of encouragement follows profanity-laced tips on performing anal sex: "You may have to practice a bit before it starts feeling really good."
In "One Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay & Lesbian Youth," 16-year-old Amy relates the blow-by-blow details of her sexual encounter at the age of 12 with her dance teacher, aged 23. The encounter reportedly happened at a hotel after the teacher "asked [her] to give a special dance presentation in another city" over the weekend. Amy praises her teacher for bringing her "out" and for the relationship that continued for three years following that encounter. The "very conservative Baptist" later explains that her "parents do not know or suspect" and states, "I think finding out that people think homosexuality is bad made me more firm in my desire to stay a lesbian regardless of what would happen to me."
A two-page magazine article displayed at Hollywood High School under the caption, "The Gay Rapper," and obtained by WorldNetDaily is too profane and obscene to be quoted.
"Oral copulation is a criminal offense. They're condoning breaking the law," Mountjoy stressed. Under California penal code section 286, sodomy with another person who is under 18 is punishable by imprisonment for a year, and sodomy with another person under 16 is a felony.
"It’s more than amazing – it’s completely shocking, and every parent and grandparent should be outraged," said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families, one of three organizations that registered support for Mountjoy's bill. "When asked whether to protect kids from being brainwashed to accept homosexuality and consider gay sex practices, [the Assembly Education Committee members] say, 'no, we want homosexuality included in what every child should know.'"
Repeated calls to the communications office for LAUSD for comment on the materials have not been returned.
Thirty-nine groups opposed Mountjoy's bill, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, California Federation of Teachers, Planned Parenthood, the Sacramento and San Diego chapters of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network and nine other homosexual-advocacy organizations.
The California Alliance for Pride and Equality argues, "This bill may be
unconstitutional, as it is so vague and overbroad that it infringes upon
the First Amendment right of students, teachers, and administrators alike.
Gay/straight student alliance clubs will be barred from forming in violation
of the First Amendment and federal Equal Access (20 U.S.C section 4071-4074)
that establish the requirement of equal treatment for all non-curriculum
Downs v. Los Angeles Unified School District
The instructional materials promoting homosexuality came to light under court order in a federal lawsuit. In 1998, Special Education teacher Robert Downs raised objection to a hallway bulletin board posted by staff members each year at Doris S. Leichman High School filled with items promoting homosexuality in honor of district-designated "Gay and Lesbian Awareness Month."
"The display board consisted of clippings about homosexual partner benefits and depicting victories of homosexual rights [advocates]. ... There was a picture of two homosexual men together calling them a family and one with children as family. ... It was one-sided," Downs told WorldNetDaily. When he complained to the principal, the teacher of 22 years was allowed to post opposing material on a bulletin board. But after the principal received staff complaints that his material was "disrespectful," "offensive," "upsetting," "objectionable" and "derogatory," he was ordered to take it down and threatened with disciplinary action.
"They could just complain and I was ordered to remove mine ... and I would complain about theirs and nothing would ever happen," said Downs. "The principal said if I didn't like it, I could walk with my head down. I'm not going to walk with my head down." Instead, Downs sued, claiming his constitutionally protected free-speech rights were being violated.
The district took the position that the bulletin boards were not free-speech zones but contained approved curriculum material. That argument prompted a court order for the district to produce everything posted on bulletin boards on schools throughout the district in observance of "Gay and Lesbian Awareness Month." Four boxes of material collected from 50 of the approximately 650 schools in the district were produced.
"There were ads for porn movies and where kids can go to see them and ads for sex boutiques," describes Downs. "When we saw the filth, the free-speech issue was no longer important. Getting the filth out of the public schools [became] the focus." The "filth," however, was precluded from Downs' court case but has been allowed in a sequel suit filed on behalf of a LAUSD student. That case is pending in the 9th Circuit Court.
LAUSD's legal department referred WorldNetDaily to its outside counsel for comment on the lawsuits. Calls to the law firm have not been returned.
The school district prevailed in Downs' suit with a summary judgment in its
favor in district court, affirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in
September 2000. Judge Stephen Trott wrote the appellate court's opinion that
"We do not face an example of the government opening up a forum for either
unlimited or limited public discussion. Instead, we face an example of the
government opening up its own mouth: LAUSD, by issuing Memorandum No. 111,
and Leichman High, by setting up the Gay and Lesbian Awareness bulletin boards.
The bulletin boards served as an expressive vehicle for the school board's
policy of 'Educating for Diversity.'"
Promoting 'diversity' and 'safety'
The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 required the State Board of Education to revise state curriculum to "include human relations education, with the aim of fostering an appreciation of the diversity of California's population and discouraging the development of discriminatory attitudes and practices. ... Acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures, events, concepts, and issues in the revisions of content standards and curriculum frameworks, when appropriate. Identify and expand the available lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender resources for school library materials. ... Propose legislative or budget language to fund research of promising programs preventing discrimination, harassment and violence based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity."
The board cites studies indicating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth to be at greater risk for being victimized and more likely to experience anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, to abuse substances and contemplate or attempt suicide. According to the California Alliance for Pride and Equality , "Students who describe themselves as lesbian or gay are five times more likely to miss school because of felling [sic] unsafe. Twenty-eight percent are forced to drop-out."
The 2000 statutes required schools to prevent any "hate-motivated incident," which is defined as "an act or attempted act which constitutes an expression of hostility against a person or property or institution because of the victim's real or perceived race, religion, disability, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. This may include using bigoted insults, taunts, or slurs, distributing or posting hate-group literature or posters, defacing, removing, or destroying posted materials or announcements, posting or circulating demeaning jokes or leaflets."
The 2000 statutes picked up where the 1999 Carl Washington School Safety and Violence Prevention Act left off, tapping into $100 million allocated by the legislature for "preventing and responding to acts of hate violence."
In addition to being bound by state statutes to promote homosexuality in its "diversity" and "safety" programs, schools face the threat of lawsuits by advocacy groups such as the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network if they fail to address "student-on-student abuse based on sexual orientation." On its website, GLSEN applauds a "landmark settlement" received by a Pennsylvania 'gay' teen.
Said Executive Director Kevin Jennings, "The court's decision to award 19-year-old Timothy Dahle with a settlement of $312,000 to compensate for the pervasive anti-gay abuse he faced in the Titusville Area School District is breathtaking." Jennings further concludes, "There are clear lessons to be learned by school administrators and staff ... that teachers and staff take a risk – a risk that can have dire fiscal implications on their districts – when this kind of maltreatment goes unchecked."
There is evidence "diversity" programs that promote homosexuality are effective. A Hamilton College Gay Issues poll released in August finds two-thirds of high school graduates favor legal recognition of homosexual marriages, 71 percent believe sexual relations between same-sex adults should be legal, and 71 percent of graduates would allow 'gay' men to serve as Scout leaders.