Los Angeles public schools are encouraging teachers and staff to wear badges that identify them as “LGBT allies” and supporters of the pro-gay movement.
Superintendent John Deasy kicked off the effort Thursday, which he said was necessary to prevent gay kids from being bullied.“We want all our youth and staff to know that it is safe to be you in LAUSD,” said Deasy in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.The move is part of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s “Out for Safe Schools” initiative.The front sides of the badges have the word “ally” written on them in several different languages, which will help teachers celebrate the fabulousness of gay students, gay fellow teachers, and other gays, whose gayness automatically merits universal applause and celebration. Allies are straight supporters of gay people and gay marriage.The reverse sides of the badges include a handy list of resources available to gays and their supporters. The list handily includes the public-sector unions United Teachers Los Angeles, SEIU, and Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, allowing L.A.’s organized labor community to rejoice in the school district’s salute to gayness.Because nothing deters bullies like having their victims’ specialness publicly praised by authority figures, the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center applauded the school district for its “groundbreaking” work in applauding gay students.Friday marked the beginning of the initiative, to coincide with National Coming Out Day, during which the English-speaking peoples unite in paying tribute to gays.Read more: