from Gay Activism in the Schools
A local newspaper, Massachusetts News, reported on this year's event -- which was dubbed "Fistgate" one year ago. At that time, a parents' group broke the story to the press about the conference's inappropriate content.
Last year, a member of the Parents Rights Coalition audio-taped the conference proceedings, which included a workshop telling students how to carry out a bizarre sexual practice involving insertion of the fist and arm into another person's rectum. (The Parents Rights Coalition was subsequently sued by the sponsoring gay group for leaking that story to the press.)
This year's conference was sponsored once again by GLSEN -- The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educator's Network -- but this year, tape recorders were explicitly banned from the workshops. But Massachusetts News reported that Planned Parenthood provided a display table for the approximately 400 high-school students attending, offering the kits with instructions for safely carring out the practice of "fisting."
Another display offered a pamphlet called "The Ex-EX-Files," which labeled the ex-gay movement "a new threat to democracy and diversity" and provided the reader with arguments to use in challenging those who say they have changed sexual orientation.
A magazine was also displayed -- called "Radical Teacher" -- which argued that sexual relationships between students and teachers should be considered ethically acceptable.