The campaign to stop school children from even hearing gay people exist continues to chug along. And before you shrug this off as some kind of red-state, Bible-thumping ignorance, you should realize the latest examples are Vermont and New York. It's easy for a parent to say that they object to what their child may be learning at school because that's something they don't want their child to know, but ultimately, that's part of what school is about. If organizations like GLSEN were truly trying to warp or corrupt children, they would have been shut out of schools long ago. This is about talking to kids about what it's like to be gay. Children don't have to be supportive. All they have to do is listen and then make their own decision.
The concept of children making their own decision is what those rooted in fear or ignorance dread the most (ironic, since they believe gays "choose" to be gay), because they want their children to naively assume homosexuality is invisible (or a damnable sin). Then when those kids go through life and they begin to meet gay people, the hope is that they will be so rooted in prejudice, they will never change their negative view of gays. What will this result in? Probably more situations like the one at Georgia Tech, where the mere existence of a tolerance policy for gays is somehow a violation of "religious freedom" and an excuse for a lawsuit. The whole point of this is to hound and litigate gays into being a stigma and a dirty word in every single part of American life. This starts at school, but will continue in the workplace, in public places, in the home - everywhere.
Pedro Zamora tirelessly educated about his life. His life was not a fairy tale. He took a lot of risks, he made a lot of mistakes. He wanted young people to learn not to pay the price he had to pay. Would the religious right consider this a shameful way for him to spend his final years, even though he potentially helped save who knows how many young impressionable people?
So much for a culture of life.