White House Bullying Conference: School Safety or Gay Agenda?

Posted by on March 2, 2011

The White House Conference on Bullying Prevention will take place next Thursday, March 10th, according to a Tuesday press release by the White House Office of the Press Secretary.

The official statement says, “Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the President and representatives from the highest level of his Administration about how all communities can work together to prevent bullying.”

School Safety Agenda or LGBT Gay Rights Political Agenda?

Sounds good.  But while this is the formal agenda, is it the real agenda? 

Or is it just one more step toward the Obama Administration’s coming out with its real political agenda which has been largely masked the past two years under the guise of “bullying” and “school safety” ?

It is increasingly evident that “bullying,” while one of many legitimate school safety issues, is also a political code word for advancing the political agenda of gay rights special interests from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender) community — a major voting block of interest to the Obama Administration.

LGBT online media sites were buzzing Tuesday with news of the White House Conference on Bullying as soon as, if not before, the official release on the White House web site.  Multiple gay news sites said the conference was announced in a conference call with reporters from the LGBT community held by Melody Barnes, White House domestic policy adviser. 

The Washington Blade story led with, “The White House is set to hold a conference next week in which President Obama will hear concerns about anti-LGBT bullying.”  Note that it is not just bullying.  It is “anti-LGBT bullying.”

The article quotes Barnes as noting that, “Obama appeared in the fall for a video for the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign to speak out against anti-gay bullying.  Barnes called the issue, ‘very, very near to the president and the first lady’s heart’.'”

LGBT Gay Rights Special Interest Groups on Invitee List

The article goes on to state that, “Sources have told the Washington Blade that representatives from LGBT advocacy groups would be among the participants in the conference.”  It reports the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), The Trevor Project, and the Human Rights Campaign — all gay rights special interest groups — confirmed with the Blade their planned attendance at the conference.

The gay rights special interests continue their political push for Congress to pass The Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) and Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) which has not yet been publicly supported by the White House.  However, a MetroWeekly article indicates that, “White House and Education Department officials repeatedly expressed support for the aims of the bills.”

Similar reports were posted in the MetroWeekly’s “poliglot, a queer spin on politics” article on the bullying conference.

Are Kevin Jennings’ Critics’ Claims Coming Out To Be True?

Critics of Kevin Jennings, Obama’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools, were instantly outraged at the time of his appointment. The critics expressed intense concerns that Jennings would use his office to advance gay rights political agendas.

Jennings is founder and original executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and has publicly bragged of being a political fundraiser and host of Obama at his home during the Presidential campaign.  Jennings’ replacement at GLSEN, Dr. Eliza Byard, was one of the parties quoted in the Washington Blade article as an invited attendee at the upcoming White House bullying conference.  Byard has also been at the head of lobbying efforts for the two previously referenced bills before Congress.

I vowed to keep an open mind at the time of Jennings’ appointment in spite of the critics’ initial skepticism of Jennings.  I hoped that he would be an advocate for a comprehensive approach to school safety.  While I am glad I kept an open mind, it is increasingly clear that the critics may very well have been right on target.

And unfortunately for the education and the school safety professions, federal school safety policy and funding is being disproportionately skewed toward one issue — and one big political agenda.

What say you?

Ken Trump

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2 thoughts on “White House Bullying Conference: School Safety or Gay Agenda?

  1. Jim Smith says:

    Well for anyone who grew up gay in America, bullying of those who are gay or perceived to be gay, is absolutely a school safety issue. It’s about time it gets the highest level of attention along with drugs, gun violence, teen pregnancy and the pressure to have sex and other issues facing our young folks in school today. I say great for the White House to be looking at this issue at the highest levels. Jim Smith, Boston, MA

    1. Ken Trump says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jim. Indeed, all students should feel safe at school. Federal policy and funding for school safety needs to be balanced and comprehensive, though, and not disproportionately skewed as is now the case with the current administration. Policy and funding is not being addressed for violence, drugs, gun violence, and other issues, especially in a balanced and equal way as is being done with so-called “bullying.”

      The reality is bullying has become a code word for a broader social and political agenda being presented under the guise of school safety. Safe schools for all students? Absolutely. Politicizing school safety? Absolutely not.

      Thanks again for reading and sharing your thoughts. I welcome diversity of opinion.


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