Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mission Statement

“The human cultural jungle should be as varied and plural as the Amazonian rainforest. We are all richer for biodiversity. We may decide that a puma is worth more to us than a caterpillar, but surely we can agree that the habitat is all the better for being able to sustain each.” 
                             -Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles


The Proud2Be project is a community interest campaign with a lot of different slants.  Some use the Proud2Be outlet to talk about their experiences as a gay man or a lesbian woman. Some talk about the struggle of coming to terms with their transexuality, a taboo still today despite a more progressive society. My goal in Proud2Be is to change federal sex education laws to include the full spectrum of sexual identity. In 2013 we know, or should know by now, that sexuality is not black and white. A lot of people don’t feel comfortable with their sexuality because they were made to believe if they don’t fit in to the two designated boxes there isn’t a place for them. That is to say they are not allowed to love, which is every person’s most basic human right. We need to own up to the fact that as a society we are oppressing our children. We aren’t allowing them to develop their own identity because either what they feel isn’t “normal” or appropriate.  Beyond just sexual identity, I believe schools should address sex as what it is meant to be, not what we have turned it into. To patronize the kids in saying that they are sinners because they are having desires leads to ignorance and recklessness. If the schools had a more healthy approach to the topic of sex instead of assuming the “if you ignore it, it will go away” position I think we would have less shows like 16 and Pregnant and more responsible, self-aware adults.

“I am happy to be counted as a supporter of Proud2Be at every turn” - Stephen Fry

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