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Connecticut Wingnut Calls Gay Kiss in High School Play 'Forced Indoctrination' of Homosexuality on Students: VIDEO


Last week I wrote about the Hartford High School production of Zanna Don't which made headlines after a gay kiss prompted some students to walk out.

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts spoke today to The Family Institute of Connecticut’s Peter Wolfgang about the production, who called it a "forced indoctrination" of homosexuality on students, Think Progress LGBT reports.

"What people in the other 44 states that don’t have same-sex marriage need to know is that if you get same-sex marriage, this is coming to your state. You will not have the right to decide for yourself what your children will be taught about right or wrong.”

Kamora Harrington, director of mentoring programs for True Colors, countered that many students were supportive of the production and the kiss got a dialogue going about tolerance.


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  1. The fact that several students walked out shows that they had "the right to decide for [themselves]."

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 25, 2011 1:57:20 PM

  2. It is a sweet show with a message of tolerance. He hasn't seen it...guaranteed. Easy to hate when you're a hater.

    Posted by: doug | Oct 25, 2011 1:57:44 PM

  3. I admit that when Tony Kushner said in the '90s that what he was most proud of with "Angels in America" was that it put a kiss between two men on Broadway, I thought he was being ridiculous. Now I get it.

    Kissing, mostly between two men but always between two women if they're not conventionally attractive to straight men, is still the final frontier and that's what's ridiculous. Kiss always and often. Kiss in front of friends, family and strangers. Kiss everywhere. If you write for stage or screen, always write in a kiss between two people of the same gender.

    We still have a long way to go to de-sensitize the idiots, unfortunately.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 25, 2011 2:05:50 PM

  4. Knowing the show extremely well, i can see exactly how this show can be seen as "indoctrination" by homophobes. The entire show is a reverse world in which gay is normal and straights are the oppressed minority. It has a wonderful message about tolerance, gay rights and equality. But, I am not surprised a small Republican town high school is up in arms about it.

    Posted by: jcrew0813 | Oct 25, 2011 2:16:42 PM

  5. Well... my belief is that this is the kind of "bullying" that is making kids kill themselves...not the odd FAGGOT as you walk down the halls....

    Notice the words he uses...Right. Wrong. so as a gay kid you are being told you are WRONG. and by your own parents sometimes.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Oct 25, 2011 2:19:58 PM

  6. I bet the box office receipts are through the roof though.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 25, 2011 2:31:50 PM

  7. Call me a prude, but am I the only one who finds this sort of inappropriate?

    I'm all for GSAs, messages of tolerance, etc but it seems pretty inappropriate for kids to be kissing in a high school play. The fact that it's a same sex kiss is immaterial to me. If I were the parent and my kid was assigned a role by his school to kiss another student I would probably have a problem with that. I wouldn't force my teenage child to drop out of the production or anything, but it does call into question the good taste of that theater director. Keep in mind kids as young as 13 go to high school sometimes.

    Posted by: Rff | Oct 25, 2011 2:46:34 PM

  8. @RFF and highschool kids don't kiss? They don't see kissing in movies, TV, their parents, friends, society? What if the play was Romeo and Juliet with a pivotal scene that REQUIRES a kiss would you be okay with it then? Yes, you are a prude.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Oct 25, 2011 2:56:11 PM

  9. Interesting growing up I saw all kinds of Heterosexual Indoctrination....yet it didn't take????

    Posted by: Gay American | Oct 25, 2011 3:01:25 PM

  10. Why does it seem that all these "Family Folks" are always gayer than I am?

    Posted by: Frank | Oct 25, 2011 3:03:12 PM

  11. No. I wouldn't be okay with a straight kiss scene either. As someone who was very awkward and uncomfortable with his body in high school, I was openly gay but the thought of having to kiss a boy OR a girl in a play in front of people would have made me freak out. Just because we see it in our culture doesn't mean it has a place in our schools. Our schools are to be a safe learning environment for everyone and be inclusive of students of all backgrounds. But to me that doesn't cover having a kissing scene in a school assigned play regardless of the gender of the kiss.

    And furthermore, I know plenty of dramatic parents who would get up in arms about a straight kissing scene and accuse the school board of injecting our schools with sexuality, something I about 30% agree with.

    Posted by: Rff | Oct 25, 2011 3:05:05 PM

  12. RFF, now you're being ridiculous. You wouldn't want to kiss someone on stage when in high school? Guess it's a good thing you didn't, then.

    This idea that an on-stage kiss is too extreme for high school students is so extreme itself, I assume you're trolling -- or, I guess, at least I hope you are.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 25, 2011 3:10:36 PM

  13. Haha no I'm being totally serious. I wouldn't care now. But in my high school days I was 15 and goofy and awkward and flamboyant to 500 degrees because I wanted everyone to know I was gay BUT terrified of boys at the same time.

    I don't really know that many high schoolers who WOULD want to kiss someone in front of an audience. High schoolers are generally awkward and easily embarrassed.

    It's fine. Just speaking for the kids that felt like me in high school. I'll wear my prude shirt proudly for this one...

    Posted by: Rff | Oct 25, 2011 3:18:02 PM

  14. Kudos to Thomas Roberts for not allowing the false claim of "indoctrination" stand, and rightly pointing out that this is an example of EDUCATTION !

    Posted by: SearchCz | Oct 25, 2011 3:40:16 PM

  15. @RFF I think you are missing the point. The actors didn't walk off stage some narrow-minded audience members walked out. Are you saying that if this play was performed in your h.s. you would have walked out of the audience?

    You say you don't know many high schoolers that would want to kiss on stage. Have you been to a high school in the past 10 years? There is kissing in plays, musicals, on stage and certainly behind the stage. These two actors had no problem with it.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Oct 25, 2011 4:11:47 PM

  16. Compared to the Tim Tebow kiss from the other day, this looks positively chaste.

    Since I once kissed a girl in a high school play, I guess that puts me into RFF's zone of indecency. So be it.

    Posted by: Hank | Oct 25, 2011 5:00:49 PM

  17. @Rff they have been kissing HS plays since the 70's that I am aware of. Yes you are the only one that thinks it's inappropriate.

    Ever watch TV?

    Posted by: Dale | Oct 25, 2011 5:03:50 PM

  18. I think RFF has outgrown his shyness but, please, do we need to stigmatize him for holding a private view? People differ on their boundaries. I'm an actor in community theater and, while I'd have no problem with a kiss (straight or gay), there are things I would probably feel too awkward or embarrassed to do.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Oct 25, 2011 5:50:02 PM

  19. If a gay kiss in a play is "forced indoctrination", then a straight kiss in a play is ALSO "forced indoctrination".

    Given which group of people defined by their sexual orientation actually uses force to indoctrinate others . . .

    the answer is to ban het kisses from theatre.

    And tv.

    And movies.

    And public places.

    Or get over this whole "gays recruit/indoctrination" fantasy. Such fantasies tell us what homophobes want, not what is real.

    So Peter desperately wants to be indoctrinated. It's just not likely to happen.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Oct 25, 2011 5:54:38 PM

  20. Much ado about nothing. If that kiss was a form of forced indoctrination, than we have a lot to learn about how to indoctrinate young people. Maybe we can get some ideas from our Christian counterparts. Now they know how to indoctrinate.

    Tell me, does Mr. Wolfgang feel the same way about forced indoctrination when he sees a kiss between a guy and a girl? My guess is not.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Oct 25, 2011 6:20:08 PM

  21. Mr Wolfgan seems to have a lot of common with Mr Bachman....and yeah we need more man on man kissing just ask Tebow... : )

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 25, 2011 6:24:38 PM

  22. didn't we go through this with the evils of inter-racial dating, you know when parents demanded segregated schools so they could teach their children right from wrong? Well it appears that the Right was wrong then and is wrong now.

    Posted by: terry | Oct 25, 2011 7:38:00 PM

  23. Some people are offended by short-shorts. Some people are offended by cursing in public. Some people are offended because they like being offended.

    That's the world.

    My kids have known and understood what "gay" is since before school. They were curious why some of mommy's friends didn't like girls like other guys did because that's kids. They ask questions based on expected results. The world is a heterosexual majority so to some it will seem "odd".

    Odd does not have to be: evil...wrong...bad...ridiculous.

    I explained that there are only 1200 Tigers in the whole world. They are rare and odd and beautiful. I explained that it was like Tigers. Just because there aren't as many doesn't mean that they aren't amazing--in fact it makes them more special.

    It's all in the "how" of the explaining I think.

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 25, 2011 8:31:31 PM

  24. Back in the 90's, I was cast as Prince Christopher (Prince Charming) in our high school's production of Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. I had to kiss the girl who played Cinderella on stage in front of practically the whole town at a time when I had yet to have had my first "real" kiss with anyone. It was awkward, but I got thru it. All three shows.

    Why? Because it's just a kiss. There's nothing sinister or life-altering about a simple little kiss. And there's certainly nothing lurid, sexy or inappropriate about an effing STAGE KISS!

    You can bet that, just like every show I've been in, participation in this production was entirely voluntary and the players had to audition for their roles knowing full-well in advance what would be asked of them if they were cast in these parts.

    Posted by: Southern Comfort | Oct 26, 2011 4:55:09 AM

  25. Are you serious?! Have these people not walked through a high school recently? PDA (Public Displays of Affection) in school systems today are much more explicit in nature than anything in that play, let alone knowing that most students have seen and/or watched pornographic material. It's outrageous and disheartening to see the unbelievable hypocrisy shown against a play meant to push the opposite.

    Posted by: Anon | Feb 15, 2012 2:02:07 PM

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