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In J-Wire, Geoffrey Zygier of the JCCV says:
Finally Searle said that ”the GLBT Reference group formed by JCCV, is continuing to work towards combatting discrimination, vilification and managing mental health issues for this community. The plan is to look at speaking with school representatives in regards to bullying issues.
Searle has pledged to host more politicians’ lunches, conduct more interfaith activities starting with the Croatian community and expects to welcome more new affiliates next year in keeping with the JCCV’s policy of inclusion.”
Combatting bullying in schools necessary, as we know from the It Gets Better Project, but we need to hear the JCCV say that any intolerance of homosexuality is unacceptable to know they are taking the issue seriously. To date that is the one thing they refuse to say.
For a secular organisation, with no official religious position, it is evident they are biased toward the interests of their Orthodox membership, and this is not the role of the organisation that is supposed to represent the entire Jewish community.
As for the “JCCV’s policy of inclusion”. That is deceitful. The JCCV has a strong history of excluding various organisations in the Jewish community, including the gay group Aleph Melbourne, and it certainly has excluded me from any discussions.
The JCCV needs a major overhaul, which I would suggest should start with the removal of the president. Only then might the organisation start to become representative.
Dan Savage started the It Gets Better Project, to try to make a positive difference to the lives of young people who are being bullied and struggling because of factors relating to their real or perceived sexual orientation.
I made a video for the project. You can view it here:
My partner Gregory also told his story:
I invite you to also record a video for the project. It’s really easy to do. Just open your phone cam, plug in a web cam on your laptop or personal computer, or ask a friend to help you out. Take a minute or longer and tell your story. Tell a story of how you survived your school years, how you helped a friend get through, how you might have been a bully and how you regret it, how you said something once that you think might have had a negative impact on someone and wish you could have taken it back. Please, just say something, something sincere and from the heart. You might just make someone sit up and listen. They might think twice about taking their life, or give them a ray of sun to lighten a dark place.
Joel Burns told a deeply moving story:
President Barak Obama has spoken from the White House:
These are just two of the more amazing contributions to the project. There are hundreds more. Every one adds a little extra piece to the puzzle of hope and love.
You can make a difference. You owe it to someone who needs your help.
While I do not, and I m very clear on this, advocate causing harm to any person who is homosexual or otherwise different, I do not regard their behaviour as ‘normal’. That is my opinion. I base it on a number of facts including the idea that it is not normal sexual behaviour, even in the animal world.
I have sympathy for those born homosexual because I believe that it must be a difficult burden to deal with but by the same token, I think there are many therapies available and even if they cannot be cured they are able to come to terms with the fact that they need to address some issues in their lives.
Younger people with emotional problems can be taken advantage of in this very sensitive stage of their life by older more experienced homosexuals who may be just looking for a bit of fresh meat so to speak, and are apt to convince a younger impressionable person that they are gay because they (the older person) desires it to be so.
I will not be bullied or forced into accepting homosexuality as a normal sexual behaviour.
She is out of control, out of touch with reality, and totally deluded. Her views are poisonous and should not be tolerated. Intelligent people will not be fooled by her ignorance and misinformation. It’s only other ignorant people out there who will fall victim, unfortunately.
In closing, I’d like to remind you that despite the rantings of Ilana Leeds, there is hope for anyone who feels they are struggling with their sexuality and aren’t sure what to do. Taking your life or hurting yourself is not the answer. Go to the It Gets Better Project and listen to the stories of the people out there who have been tormented by bullies like Ilana Leeds.