“I didn’t even know what ‘gay’ was until I was called it at summer camp. Everything I knew about…”

I didn’t even know what ‘gay’ was until I was called it at summer camp. Everything I knew about homosexuality, I learned from other kids. I learned that being perceived as gay meant getting your ass kicked on the regular. I learned that physical intimacy between men was disgusting, something to scoff at, laugh at, gag at. I learned that AIDS was God’s way of punishing the homosexuals for their misdeeds. I learned that their lives were empty.

What I learned from my peers was never corrected in the classroom, where our teachers weren’t allowed to bring up homosexuality in any context other than scaremongering about disease. Oklahoma is one of eight ‘no promo homo’ states — for publicly funded schools, mentioning homosexuality is only allowed in the classroom if it’s to caution students about AIDS.

Abstinence-Only, “No Promo Homo” Sex Ed Keeps Queer Teens In The Dark | John Paul Brammer 
(via gaywrites)