Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Recreation for All: Why Are "Safe Places for Sexual Minorities" Needed? (@ Issue)

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Recreation for All: Why Are "Safe Places for Sexual Minorities" Needed? (@ Issue)

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The Research Update in the March 2003 issue of Parks & Recreation advocated "programming 'safe' places for sexual minorities." (See "Speaking the Unspeakable: A decade of research on providing recreation to sexually diverse populations," pp. 21-34.) I see things quite differently concerning attempts to have leisure facilities that are comfortable and safe for all people.

I believe that every person is valuable and created for a purpose in life, and that we should try to bring out the best in every individual through recreational, cultural and sporting activities. As leisure-service providers, we're responsible for creating a fun, safe, inviting and positive environment for everyone to interact--socially, emotionally, physically and mentally--to mutual benefit.

Too many studies have been done in regards to what's right and what's wrong. Let's get to the heart of the matter--individual people. Groups will always have their own agendas, ideas and opinions, and will make excuses and create distractions to get their way. But the truth remains: we're all created equal, and thrive on being treated fairly while being accepted, appreciated and loved. …

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