A flier from a group called Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, or PFOX, has started a controversy in Silver Spring.
The flier was handed out during homeroom to students at Montgomery Blair High School.
News4’s Miguel Almaguer reported that gay students at the high school said the group behind it is homophobic.
The school said it had no choice but to pass it out.
PFOX says it reaches out to gay teens offering unconditional love and support to homosexuals who want to become straight.
… Avi Edelman, president of the Gay Straight Student Alliance, said that message is a sham.
“If you look at their Web site, if you look at their use of religious materials to condemn homosexuality, I think the message that they say they give and the message that they show on that flyer is very different than what the organization actually stands for,” Edelman said.
This is happening in a very progressive area (why would we choose to live anywhere that wasn’t?) like Montgomery County, Maryland, where it’s safe to say that the majority of people don’t want anything to do with PFOX and don’t want PFOX in our children’s schools. (Check out Teach the Facts and their blog Vigilance for background on how citizens organized to put down the right-wingers’ attempt to take over curriculum in our schools.)
Now, my kid is not school age, nor is he zoned for the school where this happened. Fortunately. And we’re already involved, including attending the public forum on the matter last year.) But if PFOX is stepping into my ‘hood, and even thinking about getting anywhere near my kid, there are some things that must be said.
I have a word of warning for PFOX and related or otherwise involved parties: Fuck with my kid and you fuck with me. And you don’t want to fuck with me where my kid is involved.
You have not seen a pissed-off or crazed parent until the day my child comes home with a flier like this in his backpack, and one that directs him to a website like this. Take anything you have seen, ratchet it up 10 to 20 notches and you only just begin to approach what you will have in me should you be so unwise as to pull something like this where my child is concerned.
And then there are the gay & lesbian students in these schools. I know personally what’s it’s like to go to school harassed by people like you. I will be damned if I will stand by and allow anyone to attempt to put any kid — mine or anyone else’s — through even a moment of what I went through. Not while I have breath in my body.
I will respond in the same way I would if the Klan or neo-Nazis were distributing materials in my child’s school, because the difference is minimal to non-existant.
I will have a new mission in life. You will have all manner of hell breaking loose on your head.
(Via Ex-Gay Watch.)