Gay-straight alliance website implies bullying justifies murder

UPDATE – 8-9-07 – I regret that the wording of my post implied that GLSEN or the GSANetwork may have been behind the website and the hateful messages there. I did not mention GLSEN in my post because I knew this was not their site. However, calling it “the Gay-Straight Alliance website” was confusing and I do apologize for this. I am investigating the situation and suggest readers review the comments on this post for some good information on the owners of this site. I continue to advocate an email to the site owner to register your views.

UPDATE – 8/9/07 – Lending some credibility to the hackery-theory of the theory, the message at the bottom of the page has changed slightly and now ends with this statement: “EVERY 2 MINUTES IN THE USA ANOTHER GLBT AMERICAN DIES AS A RESULT OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.”

I have contacted the company who owns this site and several other leads to get a comment with no success.

Well, I wasn’t sure how else to title this. I do not like hyperbolic sounding posts or claims but what else can you make of this tag line from the Gay-Straight Alliance website?


“…forced to simply kill?” “…the only option?” “…child molesters?”

If you would like to write the Gay Straight Alliance and suggest a less volatile message, here is the address [email protected].

Companion website has this love note:


I like how messages of violent retribution are coupled with an announcement for “gay ski week.”

45 thoughts on “Gay-straight alliance website implies bullying justifies murder”

  1. JAG-

    You said: “The fred phelps group, for example….why aren’t christians rallying around saying THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE?” Are you implying that there is some christian rally against the message of this Gay-Straight Alliance? I haven’t heard of one. Just been a bunch of us blogging about it, trying to understand it and trying to fix it.

    (The change in the wording on that site seems to indicate that initially it was poor communication. He wasn’t advocating violence; he was dramatizing how some have taken violence as a last resort when dealing with bullies. The writing is still awkward and amateurish, though, and the name is misleading. The more widely-known Gay-Straight Alliance ought to keep that name and he ought to be persuaded to change the name of his effort. Even with Jim’s removing the link from Wikipedia, people who use various search engines might trip into him rather than the real deal. LOL! It could be as simple as turning the name around. Call it the Alliance of Gays and Straights. AGS for short.)

    LOL! I actually found this thread ‘exciting’ as the puzzle unfolded, discoveries were revealed, clarifications made, accusations slung, drama galore…and, blessedly, changes happened! Couldn’t wait to get home today to see what else might have developed!

  2. There is legislation against Phelps actions – no protesting within in so many feet of funerals etc…

    Why aren’t gays outside his church protesting??? Because they take him about as seriously as the rest of us.

  3. Jag,

    One doesn’t need a religious affiliation to recognize and say Fred Phelps is a FRAUD and the things he says are unconscienciable. I hope everyone who knows of what he says and does will speak out against him and his tactics. They are unacceptable in every way.

  4. If this was indeed true website content, it’s as offensive as those who want to kill the GLBT population.

    BUT…I’m glad to see some outrage around the violence. As christians, I hope we can dedicate ourselves to being this offended when so many organizations post hateful things, and even condone violence against the gay and lesbian population.

    The fred phelps group, for example….why aren’t christians rallying around saying THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE?

    there is so much anti-gay stuff out there…most of it, under the auspices of religion.

  5. Mary,

    It’s OK but I just don’t know what you’re talking about. If you mean me, I generally shy away from obscure sites. And if I do comment on them I try not to confuse them with other groups.

    For example, I don’t say that the Phelps family’s Baptist Church is representative of the Southern Baptist Convention. I even try to avoid discussing the obvious loons, Linda Harvey for example, unless their stuff is being carried by higher profile sites. Even ex-gay gadflys like Stephen Bennett don’t get my attention unless they are given visibility.

    With all of the virulent anti-gay stuff out there, I wouldn’t have the time or energy to go after it all. I dunno…

  6. And, incidentally, I’m sure you are aware that quite a few of us are trying to reach this person and/or anyone else associated with him or his site to answer some rather pointed questions. So far I’ve not had any better response than you have, Warren. If we hear back, I’m sure it will be posted immediately.

  7. Warren-

    I’ve completely lost respect for you on this one. Your eagerness to defame gay organizations has become too obvious. Will no longer read or post comments on this site.

  8. Warren,

    THANK YOU for clarifying and correcting the above.

    As it currently is worded it is quite clear that this is not the GLSEN site. I commend your integrity.

  9. Timothy,

    I would say the same for gay watchdog organizations that pick up on every weird conservative outrageous site that comes up – how can watchdogs be so aggressive with one and not the other?? Just a thought – but you have your reasons.

  10. Timothy – Maybe you didn’t see my update but I clarified the GLSEN issue.

    Boris is a bomb thrower, he just tosses out charges whether they are accurate or not. I recognized early this morning that I may have created a wrong impression and I wrote about it and apologized.

    I am waiting for Mr. to do the same. Does he get any flack for deliberately choosing a web address designed to create a false impression? Heard none so far…

  11. Mary,

    I’m not sure what you are suggesting. With millions of gay persons in the US alone scattered between cities ranging in size from NYC to Council Bluffs, Iowa, all of whom have access to a computer, I have no idea how anyone could hope to track every possible site out there.

    A more reasonable request would be that critics of gay organizations limit their criticism to the right organization.

  12. Timothy,

    Do you think that maybe gay watchdog groups could watch such sites as those that are being posted on the internet under the same “flag” as it were and limit the damage that can be done?

    I don’t see this blog entry to be damaging to GLSEN or any gay group but it does show that individuals can and do carry opposing thoughts to the usual community thinking.

  13. There are so many diverse opinions on what is the best course of action for GLBTQ people and other conservative groups. On both ends of the spectrum we are going to run into fanaticals who promote violence under some justification of their own making. It’s not just limited to conservatives and their interpretation of the bible but also can show it’s face in liberal ideology as well. Violence and intolerance are the real enemy not this person or that person.

  14. Warren,

    You responded to Boris with

    Re-read the post, do you see GLSEN’s name anywhere?

    No you did not mention GLSEN. However, you did say:

    what else can you make of this tag line from the Gay-Straight Alliance website?

    I certainly thought when reading this that you were quoting from the Gay-Straight Alliance website that is used by the various GSA groups around the country and which is in the news as such – and which you have criticized for comments made by its founder, Kevin Jennings. And I probably know more about GLSEN than does your average reader.

    Boris’ point is well made.

    As of yet, anyone reading your posting today will go away thinking that “THE Gay-Straight Alliance” (ie GLSEN) supports killing those classmates that taunt others. They will not realize that you really mean “the Gay-Straight Alliance portal of some guy’s website in Iowa”.

    I’m sure your intention wasn’t to create an artificial outrage against GLSEN or to deceive others about what GLSEN is doing. But that is what this is doing. Still.

  15. Boris,

    Can you please give more evidence of what you are accusing PFOX of doing? I am not in agreement with all that they do but I am not sure if you are representing them or their involvement with the schools accurately.

  16. And another reference to Brian Wyant (I apologize in advance if this is not the same Brian Wyant that owns

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  17. I recognize that Jim but my point is that the site bills itself as a support for GSAs and we now have some evidence that it is run by a man who is active in the gay community in Iowa. His work is also with gay youth as I will post shortly.

    I never meant my post to be taken as a slam against GSAa in general which I am about to correct.

  18. Never trust Wikipedia. Anyone can add stuff, and anyone can remove it. I just now did my very first wikipedia edit by removing this link because it erroneously trumpeted the site as an “official” site and because it condones violence.

    Anybody here could have done the same. Also, any body here can add Paul Cameron”s site as a “resource”. That’s the problem with Wikipedia. Never look to it for “evidence.”

  19. Boris, is your last name Badenough?

    Re-read the post, do you see GLSEN’s name anywhere?

    Now go look at the Wikipedia entry on gay straight alliances, scroll down and note the link titled, “Gay-straight alliance official site” and then click on the link and see where you go. Then read Lynn David comments above about the person involved in this website.

    And then read this.

  20. This website doesn’t have anything to do with GLSEN. But that doesn’t exacly cause problems to Warren or Exodus, afrtter all anything goes in order to demean the attempts to prevent gay teens from being bullied and harassed.

    Now, Warren is closely cobnected with PFOX. PFOX recently required a permission to go to schools in Virginia and claim that turning from gay to straight is possible for everyone. Do you supprot spreading this lie to schools and use that as an excuse to entitle harassment and bulltuing? Or as en excuse not to talk specifically about attackss against gay teens in schools? Do you approve “Day of truth” when Christian student march to schools with identical T-shirts that use derogatory and htefyul lamguage about their gay classmates?

    While you attack GLSEN and all DSA;s because of this website, your allies inetntionally target gay teens and make them more vulnerable in schools. So, what are YOU doing to prevent gays from being harassed in schools?

    Actually, do you even care about the damage you and Regina Griggs do?

  21. Then again….


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  22. Jim Burroway wrote: “This site smacks of an amateur operation. I’ve been scouring the web for a few years now for resources to include on my web site and I’ve never seen this one until now.

    Perhaps that is the point, now you have.

    Nothing like getting the homophobic right (Peter LaBarbera, to give your website a boost in readership. And I did give a cursory read to, and it is a fairly good resource (some links I found were broken). The website is well though out even if his content is a bit amateurish, yet there is real thought behind what is there.


    It makes me wonder if something might have recently happened to negatively affect the life of Brian Wyant of Council Bluffs, Iowa, so I’m going to aplogize for my “low rent” comment. Pam may be right he may be young, but so too something might be really happening in his life, right now, which is bothering him terribly.

  23. Yep, I think the skepticism is warranted. I knew this wasn’t the GLSEN site but the domain name made me think it was something like a clearing house for GSAs.

    I still think the website owners should be contacted and told that the whole thing is offensive nonsense. I have heard nothing from them; probably won’t.

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  26. I’m with Jonathan and Eddy.

    This is just some poor soul that has illusions of his own self importance and a for whom English is probably not his first language. I don’t think that he even represents a group of any sort.

    While his comments are lamentable, they aren’t very relevant to anything.

  27. This site smacks of an amateur operation. I’ve been scouring the web for a few years now for resources to include on my web site and I’ve never seen this one until now.

  28. I tend to agree with Jonathan on this one. I browsed around on their site a bit and found the writing awkward and confusing several times. There’s a tendency to generalize and to use dramatic rather than common words. LOL! I’d say the writing style smacks of ‘high school newspaper’ but I wouldn’t want to disparage high schools that way.

    I think they meant to say “Without us, the only option some bullying victims see is violence and sometimes murder.” I believe they carelessly tossed in “stabbing and poisoning”. I recall teachers being stabbed and/or poisoned not bullies. And, although one of two of the teacher stabbing or poisoning incidents may have been related to bullying, I believe the bulk of these were more situational: got suspended, got a bad grade, got cut from the team, got held back. (I’m talking from what I remember from ‘the news’…I have not studied this. Please take with appropriate-sized grain of salt.)

    The one thing I get from this is that this is one group that should not have access to impressionable young people who have not yet developed critical thinking skills.

  29. I think the GSA website has been hacked. That text is hot-linked (alt says “Anouncements News, Warnings, Events” and “Learn More” in theh browser info area) but all it does is take you back to the home page.

    If you go to a sister site like:

    They have the same website format and not a large “screed” at the bottom, but simply some basic links (HOME FIND ORGANIZATIONS CONTACT TRANSLATOR AUDIO INFO).

    Someone hacked them. I’d give odds on that.

  30. It’s very poorly written! My understanding is that this site isn’t the official GSA site. If that is the case, one wonders if it is being run by amateurs. I think whoever wrote that needed to work at it a little longer. We’ve all been guilty of idiocy like that. I suggested to their web master the following…

    “We live in a world where violence and bullying is common place. Most often it is directed towards those who are perceived as different. In the news, we often see images of students who have felt their only method of redress is to further perpetuate that violence by murdering their teachers and classmates. STOP the violence and bullying in your world! Join a GSA today!”

  31. Bullies have often been bullied themselves – either by a parent, older sibling or rivaling group. That does not excuse the behavior nor justify making such statments about “misconstrued” actions.

  32. Mary

    Considering that so calld Christians have a special daty to demean and ridicule gays in schools: Alliance Defense Fund even provides student with anti-gay T*-shirts, your fake outrage seems bit far fewtched and to be honest bit self serving.

    There was a case of a young man who shot the principal of his school. After suffering years of abuse and beglect and cnstantly called faggot at school, mercilessly taunted without anyone as much as reacting, he really did flip over.

    At the same time organizations like PFOX who is constantly suing schoold istricts so that they can psread their hate material on schools.

    FOF and other organizations demand that people should remain silent about anti-gay harassment and violence in school and actually support it (like Linda Harvey who said that if gays students are harassed it’s their own fault and that scholls must call those teens sinners and thus encourage bullying).

    Now, mary, you’re so keen to make yourself a martyr of your cause. Huindreds of thousands gay teens get garssed daily, tormented beyond belief and you whine here about your imaginary persecution?

    Ex-gays have been part of the group that tried to prevent all anti-bulluing progranms that would target gay youth victims. After all anti-gay politics is more important than the lives of gay youth.

  33. When I was a kid in the 70s/80s there was essentially no bullying of gays. In a highschool of around 1000 kids I didn’t know of a single gay kid.

    Obviously there were plenty but it was so underground that nobody even knew.

  34. The most agressive victimizers always turn out to be people who feel they’ve been victimized.


    If we could go back far enough I’m sure this is how it started in the Middle East.

  35. It’s pure hyperbole! Both sides of this argument engage in it. And who suffers? Those caught in the middle.

    To be fair, we’ve seen an escalation in kids who resort to this type of behavior to solve the bullying in their lives. It truly is sad. Will a GSA stop the bullying? Will Exodus or PFOX distributing literature stop the bullying? No!

    I think that the statement that is on the GSA sight needs to be re-worded because it could be misconstrued by some as a call to violence. It certainly doesn’t help their cause. But, I think to be fair, they don’t mean it as a justification for murder. To me, it’s more a communication problem than a hate speech problem. But, there will be some who will make hayday over this using their own hyperbole. What we really need are people who can put aside the spin and hyperbole. I dare say it won’t happen on either side.


  36. Well, this constitutes hate speech. And don’t let it be said that “…threats to ex-gays and christians don’t exist…” Another good reason for remaining private on identifying comments and matters.

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