221A correction, coming out and reaching out
- Jul 1, 1999CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
1. A letter from Rev. Don Fado clarifying a couple points in a recent
article in the Washington (DC) Post is available at
2. "Whereas once a teenager might have come out in senior year with a
burn-your-bridges disinhibition, now that same teenager is making his
homosexuality public in middle school or ninth grade" reports the
Washington (DC) Post, exploring this trend at
in "Out of the Closet, but Not Out of Middle School: Gay Youths Say They're
Aware of Sexuality Earlier".
A Cornell University developmental psychologist looked at "data from
nine independent studies conducted over the last 20 years to conclude
that the average age at which young men label their same-sex attractions as
gay dropped from almost 20 in 1979 to just 13 in 1998. They may not,
however, definitively call themselves gay until a few years later."
Although a right-wing newsletter editor argues that teens are being
"recruited", the advisor of a school's gay-issues discussion group
explains, "They are already talking about this. What we're doing is
taking responsibility as adults to raise the level of the discussion."
3. Two brief pieces from the Washington (DC) Blade report on religious news
First, the Rev. Greg Dell has been elected to serve as a delegate to the
United Methodist Church's General Conference 2000.
Second, the "General Synod of the Reformed Church in America voted 'by a
substantial margin' on June 14 not to sever ties with the United Church of
Christ because of the latter denomination�s Gay-supportive views".
The combined piece is found at
-- Posted by Called Out moderator