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A MESSAGE FROM STEVEN


Being gay is normal. Being lesbian is normal. Being transgender is normal. Being bisexual is normal. And do you know something? Even being heterosexual is normal. As a people, we are like a rainbow with many colors, shapes, and sizes. Our diversity gives us strength. Everyone of us is special, important, and of value in this life. The next time you look into the mirror, say: I am gay (lesbian, bisexual or transgender) and I love who I am. I am special.

Some institutions like the Boy Scouts of America and individuals are homophobic, sexist, and bigoted.
Because of this, some may make fun of you, try and hurt you, and discriminate against you. Remember, for everyone of them, there are 10 of us to embrace you and love you for the beautiful person you are. Always remember you are not alone. Reach out to a gay or straight friend.

Im asking all gay and straight kids to stand together against discrimination of any kind. Form a Gay/ Straight Alliance at your school. You may have a gay brother, sister, mother, father, friend or you yourself may be gay. We need to reach out to one another to help end social injustice: discrimination, homophobia, sexism, racism, intolerance, indifference, and bigotry. We need to help make the earth a better place; a place that will recognize, cherish, and honor our diversity as a people. I ask each of you to take a stand. You can take a stand by not doing drugs because drugs just keep you from becoming the beautiful person you are. You can take a stand by reaching out to a kid in school who is being made fun of. You can first take a stand by not buying into negative messages you receive from those who are bigoted and ignorant and instead love yourself for the beautiful person you are.

Remember you can make a difference. Lets reach out to one another, both gay and straight, to help make this earth a better place. Then, maybe the Boy Scouts of America will someday come to see how they hurt us, both straight and gay, by their policy of discrimination. Maybe someday the Boy Scouts of America will learn to honor and cherish the diversity of the human family.

My parents have taught me, the message is more important than the messenger. Taking a stand against
the social injustice of the BSA is about being part of something larger than ourselves. As my dad says, "It is about honoring the gift we have as human beings to find the courage to reach out to one another with love, acceptance, and understanding even in the face of the social diseases of bigotry, homophobia, racism, sexism, hatred, discrimination, and apathy. Remaining silent only colludes with the discrimination of the BSA." Stand with us and help make a difference, as the BSA would say to help make the earth a better place.



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