BelongTo and their wonderful work

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrJxqvalFxM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

You might have seen this excellent piece on the Internet lately and if not, please watch it, and tell all of your friends.

Some of the activists who act in our name seem go have forgotten that what underpins concepts like legal recognition of gay relationships is an environment where gay people can live without fear and intimidation. Sone if the activists scoff at and are dismissive of the fact that we are hugely understated in so much of modern life, not merely because of misplaced fear, bug because of an explicit lack of protection under the law.

The key setting fir this is in schools, and this where BelongTo has taken a roots up approach. They are absolutely correct in taking this approach, as any teacher who attempted to do so would be potentially exposing themselves to actions that would legally include sacking. It is to the credit of BelongTo that they do not merely sneer and leave unsupported teachers to fight their own cases, but to start at the opposite end.

This is very smart on BelongTo's part, since students are not employees and the obligations schools have implicitly suggest that they are responsible for the protection of students. Thus, their campaigns are effective and I suspect are making a real difference since they call on hetero friends and classmates to stand up for their gay friends.

I only wish something like this existed in my day as I recall, fir example, one girl who had nearly broken my nose being backed up by the grad teacher because, as she suggested, it was the way any "normal" girl would react.

Jesus wept.

I suspect that one of the reasons the pro marriage groups have failed to achieve their objectives us because they assume that most people agree with them. This is not the case and the public needs education from the ground up. Workplaces are a particular breeding ground hit homophobia as well as community estates, and these heed targeting.

Well done to belongto, maybe soon we can see a grown up version doing the same to educate older people and enlist them in the battle to make homophobia history.

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