Exgay activist Chad Thompson’s former employer, the Iowa Family Policy Center, opposed an anti-bullying program scheduled for Oct. 6 in Cedar Rapids. IFPC argues that efforts to reduce antigay violence are really just a hoax designed to promote a (conveniently undefined) “political agenda.”
Brad Clark, executive director of the GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force, said the forum’s purpose is to make schools safer for gay students, who he said face frequent harassment and bullying.
“All that we’re talking about here is making sure kids are safe,” he said. “If we do have an agenda, it’s to create safe schools.”
In the view of IFPC, it is legitimate to work to reduce violence generally among youths — just don’t mention that homosexuals are people, too.