Monday, January 24, 2011

Youth Culture Update: Should Homophobia Be Addressed In Schools?

I was once asked by a group of teens if I would give them a ride to the local corner store.  I agreed on one condition.  That they share a story with me about themselves.  I wasn’t expecting the answer.  I was told about someone that visited my hometown on vacation.  I was about to say that is where I’m from when they went on to tell me how they were beat up by some local kids because they were homosexual.  This is not an isolated incident.  The amount of news being generated every week about violence and suicides as a result of homophobia is astounding.  Whatever your opinion on the topic of homosexuality may be, I hope we can agree that this is a terrible problem.  Some youth workers, such as William Field of Australia are trying to address the issues of homophobia by offering education based workshops on tolerance in the schools as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on Jauary 21, 2011. However there are arguments against such topics being featured in the school which I’m sure you are aware of.  Something needs to be done.  The question then is what can be done?  What should be done?
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