San Francisco Chronicle (02.15.12) - Wednesday, February 15,
Hundreds of students took part in the Valentine's Day "Love
Fest" Tuesday at San Francisco's Galileo High School.
Sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and the Wellness
Center, the annual event seeks to promote tolerance at school
and to encourage the youths to make safe decisions in their
In one exercise, health teacher Raina Meyers put blurry
goggles on students to simulate drunkenness, then had the
teens put a condom on a wooden penis. Most of the students
left air in the condom's tip, which can lead to breakage.
"You're pregnant!" Meyers told a girl who flunked the test.
"You have gonorrhea," she told a boy who applied the condom
At another table, teenage couples, most of them same-sex,
lined up to get "married." "I think it encourages those who
are afraid to walk around together," said English teacher
Jacqueline Peters, who sponsors the GSA. "No one is going to
freak out if two guys marry each other even if they're
straight. At the event, nobody cares - at least for a day."
Many students said they decided to attend after learning they
would get extra credit. District officials acknowledged that
some community members might be offended by the festival, but
school officials said it highlights the importance of healthy
relationships, regardless of who a student decides to be with.