Rainbow Colored Teens
Pam points me to this article on gay teens.
Leaders of gay organizations are quoted in the article. Kevin Jennings, head of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) explains,
"We're gonna win," says Jennings, speaking expansively of the gay movement, "because of what's happening in high schools right now ... This is the generation that gets it."
In a telling paragraph the story covers young Exodus Christians:
For their part, several of the young Exodus Christians seemed more stereotypically gay--"I love that Prada bag!" a 16-year-old boy at the Youth Day squealed several times--than some of the Point scholars who had been out for years. Others had gone to Exodus with no intention of going straight. Corey Clark, 18, belongs to his GSA at Governor Mifflin Senior High in Shillington, Pa., and says he sees nothing wrong with being gay. He attended Youth Day because he wanted to better understand his evangelical church and friends who say gays should change. "Actually," he says, "I've heard so many good things about gay pride"--in the media and at school--"but I hadn't heard directly about the downside." (Emphasis added.)
The article goes in depth about the so-called "ex-gay" movement, including the divisions faced within the evangelical movements over the treatment of gays.
"Few young gays actually want to change: six surveys in The New Gay Teenager found that an average of just 13% of young people with same-sex attractions would prefer to be straight.
Read Freeper (Pam's loving description) reaction via Pam. I love the photo essay at Time. I've been reading a great deal about gay teenagers these days. They are our future and I'm proud.
Exodus is on a rampage to shove these kids into closets with their Groundswell movement. We have to come up with ways to act on these movements - they need to be taken very seriously. Sexuality should have become a non-issue many moons ago. Teens and college age kids get it - the rest of us need to as well.