The nation's first school district to implement pro-"gay"
teachings is now taking another step to advance the agenda.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is teaming up with the
LA Gay & Lesbian Center, among others, to address lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) bullying. The district describes
Project SPIN (Suicide Prevention Intervention Now) as an initiative
to train teachers and allow project staff to intervene on
LA Unified claims it would
like to see a shift in the district's culture, but Forrest Turpen
of Christian Educators
Association International (CEAI) interprets it differently.
"If they are setting a goal to change the culture, I would have
to interpret it as trying to provide teachers with tools to change
the culture of what's trained from the home about what's right and
what's wrong," he offers.
"It runs into, from a Christian perspective, the issue that
we're talking about in terms of gay and lesbian issues. So if
they're doing that, then they're intervening in the lives of
students and taking away parents' rights."
The Los Angeles Times reports that nearly
4,000 school officials, teachers, students and parents have been
trained on LGBT bullying and suicide prevention. Sometimes the
sessions simply aim to make people comfortable with the term
In 2005, LA Unified became the nation's first district to
implement a health book that included a chapter devoted to LGBT
issues,; and last year, state law required school districts to
highlight the contributions individuals in those groups have made