Isn’t middle school a little early for this? Don’t kids this age have enough to deal with?

Campus Reform reports:

Berkeley ‘Bear Closet’ course: Students share ‘queer’ experiences with middle schoolers for credit

A University of California, Berkeley course starting September 19 will offer students the chance to share “queer-related stories” with local middle and high school students to encourage students who have not revealed their sexuality to pursue higher education.

Dubbed “Bear Closet,” the course “welcomes all students, whether LGBTQ, an ally, or just interested in learning.” The course, taught by a student but faculty-approved, is seeking enrollees who are looking for “sharing queer-related stories/experiences…at middle and high school classrooms, in hopes of motivating out or closeted youth to pursue college education with the assurance of a better future.”

“Bear Closet” promises times allotted for discussions, as well as “bonding among its members” in order to instill values of community service. Students will complete 300-word narratives on three modules pertaining to “allyship,” Berkeley’s LGBTQ community, and fighting bullying.

Course participants will be able to collaborate with the Pacific Center, a local Berkeley LGBT center, to hold a cumulative presentation as well as host lectures at local middle and high schools.

“We hope to inspire youth to take pride in their own identity and fight for a stronger, more inclusive future,” Bear Closet’s mission states.


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