GLSEN Basking in Spotlight Thanks to Mrs. Biden

Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 5/20/2009 6:30:00 AMhttp://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=534032 A conservative activist is troubled that Vice President Joe Biden's wife is "giving respectability" to a homosexual activist group with a long history of displaying a permissive attitude towards sexual relations between adults and teens.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has announced that veteran educator Jill Biden will be a featured speaker at its "Respect Awards" gala in New York on June 1. The event is billed as an evening to "recognize individual and corporate leaders who have helped propel GLSEN's efforts to ensure safe schools for all of America's students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression."

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says it would not be an overstatement to call the homosexual school group an "extreme" organization

"GLSEN unapologetically promotes homosexuality, bisexuality, and trans-sexuality as normative to very young people," LaBarbera explains. "They call this award the 'Respect Award,' but GLSEN has trashed Christians and the 'Religious Right.' GLSEN's president Kevin Jennings told the religious right to 'drop dead' at one speech."

Four years ago, this news service reported that GLSEN founder Jennings failed to report to authorities a case of child sex abuse that he detailed in his book One Teacher in Ten. LaBarbera says Jennings helped "mainstream pedophilia" in that case.

"He had a boy who was a victim of pedophilia, child abuse -- and...rather than report it, he helped induct that boy into manhood as a homosexual," says LaBarbera. "Essentially, rather than treat that situation as homosexual pedophilic abuse, he treated it as a pathway to gay identity."

During the 2008 presidential race, Kevin Jennings was Barack Obama's campaign fundraising co-chair for the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-sexual" (LGBT) community.

Among GLSEN's "Respect Awards" honorees on June 1 will be PepsiCo, a corporation that has been the subject of a pro-family boycott since earlier this year because of the company's support of the homosexual agenda through cash donations.