News Release
For Immediate Release:  April 19, 2013
Contact:  Diane Gramley  — (814) 271-9078 or (814) 437-5355

Group Asks Schools Not to Permit Students to Remain Silent Today

(Harrisburg) —  Today is the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) “Day of Silence” in which it asks students to remain silent throughout the school day in order to show support for those who identify as homosexual.  The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) has contacted many of the schools which have participated in the past, asking them if they will permit students to refuse to respond to questions directed at them during instructional time as a part of the Day of Silence protest.  The AFA of PA has asked those schools which have students participating to not permit them to remain silent when called upon by a teacher during class time.

“GLSEN uses impressionable students to push their agenda of normalizing homosexuality.  They want students to believe ‘gay is okay’ and it’s just another safe alternative lifestyle.  Students are being lied to when GLSEN ignores the dangers of engaging in homosexual acts – especially for young men,” noted Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.

In recent data the CDC estimated that 61 percent of the 48,079 HIV infections diagnosed in 2010 occurred through male to male sexual contact.     When CDC statistics are analyzed using the estimate of the MSM population at 4 percent of the American male population and assuming the other 96 percent who do not have sex with men are heterosexual, the risk of HIV infection from sexual contact for MSM was approximately 150 times greater than the heterosexual male population in 2010.

According to the CDC the risk of lung cancer for men who smoke is 23 times greater than for men who do not smoke.  Similar to smoking, homosexual behavior has other unhealthy side effects. The CDC stated that the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is “more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women.”

“Even GLSEN and the ACLU recognize that students, as a form of protest through participation in the Day of Silence, do not have a constitutional right to refuse to respond to a teacher’s question during class time.  GLSEN’s Day of Silence results in disruption of the school day.  Our message to schools included information on the health risks involved in homosexual activity and the fact that no one is born ‘gay.’  Students go to school to learn, not be indoctrinated that it’s okay to participate in a dangerous lifestyle,” Gramley further stated.

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