Proud, a little sad but very proud!

  • kinetic

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    Mar 22, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    So I was at work the other night when my phone beeped w/ an email from a HS friend.
    The HS we attended was performing The Laramie Project! (It was last Friday)
    At 1st, I thought it was the GSA (gay straight alliance) putting it on, then I came to discover it was the School's Drama Club! Awesome!!!

    Then I got some follow up emails that a group from the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas (god hates fags) were on their way up to protest the production.
    I was like HOLY SHIT.
    For me HS was not all together fun. I was a part of the GSA there (at the time it was only a year or 2 old) and it helped me through some difficult times -especially when coming out, which isn't easy when you're in HS.
    Now I'm not sure how many of you on here have had your coming out experience while you were in High school, but I'm sure most of us can empathize as to how difficult an experience that can be.
    High school, college and university Gay Straight Allainces not only have the power to change lives for the better, they also save lives.
    When I was in HS it saved mine even though another gay friend decided to take his.
    The friends and support I found through the GSA was amazing and really turned everything around for me. Some of them are still my closest friends today.

    Now, it really saddens me that this event would be protested by a hate group. I can only imagine how much it would hurt to see that if I were a student there today.
    Fortunately though, The GSA there linked up with a group called Driving Equality . Jokingly calling it a Phelps-a-thon, it's intention was/is to counter the hate by 'god hates fags' by allowing people to donate money to the school's GSA. Even at the option of X amount for however many minutes the haters were protesting.

    I was really impressed the GSA turned this horrible thing into something beneficial. How cool!
    So I most definitely made a donation and sent them a nice note.

    If any of you feel compelled to help out, which I strongly encourage(!), you can make a donation here to the Canton High School Gay Straight Alliance of Canton Massachusetts:
    http://www.phelps-a-thon.com/Canton.html

    When I was there in GSA, any money we got helped us teach tolerance and rid a high schools halls of homophobia as best we could. We helped make information available to students, staff and families. We also were able to participate in The Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, helping to pass anti-discrimination legislation based on sexual orientation in HS's across the state.
    So donating is a good thing! The GSA is still doing amazing things that affect many people.

    Anyways, I really wanted to share because this really moved me. ^_^
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    Mar 22, 2009 8:59 PM GMT
    Wow I am really impressed Kinetic that you came out in High School. How times have changed for the better. If I had done that in the 1970s I would have had to been home schooled.

    Although this is easier said than done, don't take to heart too much what the Phelps gang does. Even for religious people they are too much.

    I am wondering though if they actually hold down jobs. They seem to be everywhere these days protesting about gays.
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    Mar 22, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
    This thread sounds eerily familiar to the one i posted yesterday. I hope they raise lots of $
  • kinetic

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    Mar 22, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]TheIStrat said[/cite]This thread sounds eerily familiar to the one i posted yesterday. I hope they raise lots of $[/quote
    LOL Yeah I just saw yrs! Same for you! icon_cool.gif