Groups start project to sup­port gay teens

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

Some gay rights groups are try­ing to bol­ster the con­fi­dence of gay teens af­ter an In­di­ana teacher said she be­lieves gays have no pur­pose in life.

Par­ents, Fam­i­lies and Friends of Les­bians and Gays state co­or­di­na­tor An­nette Gross said Satur­day the “You Have a Pur­pose” Face­book page will col­lect videos submitted to en­cour­age gay youths. She com­pared the project to syn­di­cated colum­nist Dan Sav­age’s “It Gets Bet­ter” project aimed at de­ter­ring bul­lied gays from sui­cide.

The project comes af­ter sev­eral res­i­dents in Sul­li­van, in­clud­ing some high school­ers, pro­posed hold­ing a non-school­sanc­tioned “tra­di­tional” prom that would ban gay stu­dents. Diana Med­ley, a group mem­ber who is a spe­cial-ed­u­ca­tion teacher in an­other school district, made com­ments in sup­port of the plan, say­ing she be­lieves be­ing gay is a choice peo­ple make and that gays have no pur­pose in life.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the “You Have a Pur­pose” cam­paign said that while the project is in re­sponse to Med­ley’s re­marks, they don’t want the ef­fort to get bogged down in the In­ter­net storm of crit­i­cism aimed at her.

Med­ley could not be reached for com­ment Satur­day.

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