Re: Re- Sexual Preference a
Mon, 16 Sep 1991 10:18:34 U
Reply to: RE>Re: Sexual Preference and
Kathie Cerveny <kathie%EECS.NWU.EDU@VM1.NoDak.EDU> writes:
>Although we are charged to offer our program to all young men within
>our age guidelines -- we all know that our program is not for all boys.
>However -the same holds true for adults. This is not a contest or
>competition, we are in the business of guiding young boys towards the
>best darn adults they can be and we are among the very few who truly
Being the best darn adult, for ten percent of the youth of this country,
includes having a positive self image and being proud of their gay or lesbian
identity. It means learning to conquer anger at the ignorant discrimination
they face daily. It means learning survival skills in an often unfriendly
environment. It means a constant struggle (in a heterosexist society) to find
positive role models. Are you suggesting otherwise Kathy?
Are you saying that gay Scouts can't be the "best darn adults"? Are you saying
that gay leaders can't help all Scouts to be the "best darn adults"?
>I too care less about the personal habits of adults - but object
>STRONGLY to those habits being forced upon a young boy.
What do you mean forced upon a young boy? If you're talking about child
molestation, then I'm certain that we all, gay or straight Kathy, agree that it
is a terrible, despicable thing that must be prevented and avoided however
possible. What you need to learn though, if you are refering to child
molestation, is that CHILD MOLESTATION AND HOMOSEXUALITY ARE NOT THE SAME
THING. Gay men do not prey on young boys in any greater numbers than straight
men. Gay men are, by and large, attracted to MEN. Pedophelia is the
attraction to children, and that is a totally different subject.
If by "forced upon a young boy" you mean teaching youth that it's alright to be
yourself if you happen to be gay or lesbian, what's wrong with that message?
(A message, by the way, which may be taught be leaders gay and straight.) Are
you afraid that a gay leader will make homosexuality look "attractive" and
"recruit" young boys into a homosexual (dare I use the L word?) "lifestyle"?
Wake up! People do not choose to be gay, any more than they choose to be
straight. Some people ARE gay, most ARE straight. It's not something to be
drafted, accosted, recruited, taught, or seduced into, and having gay leaders
can do nothing but help teach tolerance and understanding to all boys. Gee,
that almost sounds like something Scouting would want to do, doesn't it?
Postscript: I'm sorry if I sound angry. I sometimes get very frustrated that
I have to spend so much time and energy defending my legitimacy as a human
being and my basic rights. I try to respond logically to each affront as
they're dealt, but sometimes the frustration shows through. Please tell me
when I've been catty or rude -- that's not my intention and I truly am trying
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City