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NEA Fights Critics of Gay History

YORK, PA -- The Gay & Lesbian Caucus (GLC) of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest teachers' union and arguably the nation's most powerful union of any kind, is circulating a form letter as part of "a call to action" to combat what it calls "the radical right." Dated October 6, this effort is the result of the controversy engendered by Resolution B-9, calling for a Lesbian and Gay History Month in the schools. B-9 was one of more than 15 resolutions designed to implement the gay agenda that were passed by the NEA at its annual convention in Minneapolis in July.

In a cover letter, GLC members are urged to send the form letter to the presidents of the state affiliates of the NEA in order to encourage them to stand firm in support of Resolution B-9.

The form letter states: "It was a giant step forward for the organization [the NEA] when B-9 was passed in 1994 and amended in 1995 to include the support for recognition of a Lesbian and Gay History Month as one option available to schools that choose to eliminate homophobia and sexual orientation stereotyping. The message is that NEA supports education as the tool for dismantling the bigotry and for instilling the values of sensitivity and tolerance of all people."

The form letter accuses parents who oppose resolution B-9 of "bigotry," "lies," and "irrational vehemence."

The cover letter sent by the GLC to urge use of the form letter states that NEA "President Keith Geiger has received many hundreds of letters and phone calls condemning NEA for the inclusion" of B-9. The GLC letter also urges its members to oppose a forthcoming Congressional hearing on "Parental Involvement in Social Issues in Education," and to engage in organized demonstrations against it if and when the hearing takes place.

Another letter from the GLC, addressed to Keith Geiger, admits that the Internet is full of comments about this issue. The letter urges Geiger "to remain calm" in the face of the controversy. (See the August Education Reporter for the text of NEA resolutions passed at the 1995 convention. B-9 was originally numbered B-8.)


 
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