I'm 15, female and a freshman in high school. If the posters of male models, movie stars and rock singers plastered on the walls of my room are any indication, I'm definitely heterosexual. Nevertheless, when we all had to choose an after-school club to join last fall, I picked the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Arlington High School near Boston.
I knew that this might lead some of my classmates to think that I was a lesbian. But I joined the GSA anyway because I wanted to be with other kids who thought it was important to have a more tolerant atmosphere at our high school. Since I joined, and for the five years that the club has existed, that's exactly what it has done: promote tolerance. Which is why I'm amazed and disturbed by the controversy over a similar club at El Modena High School in Orange County.
One of the things that our GSA does not do is provide a public forum for people, either straight or gay, to talk about their private sex lives or practices. No one has the kind of discussions that many parents wouldn't approve of. Compared to what you hear on the radio every day or see on TV or at the movies, it's all pretty tame.