Safe Schools South Florida has a cadre of Adult Speakers willing to speak to GLBTQ youth, their allies, families and the greater community about their lives -- the challenges as well as successes -- and the values and ethics that have helped make them successful GLBT persons or allies in our community.
In telling the stories of their lives, particularly to GLBTQ youth, they are offering something incredibly, incalculably invaluable. What they are offering is best described in Armistead Maupin's best-seller Tales of the City, in which the young character, Michael Tolliver, who moved from Orlando to San Francisco in the early 1970's, writes a letter to his mother, letting her and his father know that he is gay. As Michael explains in his letter,
"No, mama, I wasn't 'recruited.' No seasoned homosexual ever served as my mentor. But you know what? I wish someone had. I wish someone older than me and wiser than the people in Orlando had taken me aside and said, "You're all right, kid. You can grow up to be a doctor or a teacher just like anyone else. You're not crazy or sick or evil. You can succeed and be happy and find peace with friends -- all kinds of friends -- who don't give a damn who you go to bed with. Most of all, though, you can love and be loved, without hating yourself for it...But no one ever said that to me, Mama. I had to find it out on my own..."
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Safe Schools South Florida launches Speakout, a gay speakers bureau
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