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Parents face prosecution for protesting over LGBT History Month lessons

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  1. “I found it difficult to explain topics such as homosexual relationships at such a young age” – Well, that’s why the school is offering to do it for you.

    I do not understand why these parents are so up in arms about it. Considering homophobic bullying tends to start at primary school level – with children using the word “gay” without actually knowing what it means – it makes sense for discussion about same-sex relationships to take place.

    The resources that schools use have to be age appropriate, so it is highly unlikely that they’ll be going into detail about sexual acts. “And Tango Makes Three”, the story about the penguins, is entirely innocent and is a very sweet story – it’s my one of my youngest’s favourite stories.

  2. Firstly, I wonder how the predominantly South-East Asian parents who have withdrawn their kids from school because of a proposal to include materials representing same sex relationships would react if other parents withdrew their children on the grounds that non-white people are frequently represented in school books?

    Secondly, do they realise there is a 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 chance, quite good odds, that one of their own children will grow up LGBT and they have therefore by their actions here just taken the first step in the serious emotional abuse of their own offspring?

  3. I hope the Council follows through on this one. It sends a strong message. Well done Geroge Tomlinson school for making a difference.

  4. Diana Taylor Pride London 9 Mar 2009, 2:32pm

    Maybe the simple solution to the problem would be to insist that these lessons should be administered to the parents alongside their children. Resorting to prosecuting these people will just further alienate them and be very counterproductive in the long term

  5. Boi Polloi 9 Mar 2009, 3:13pm

    I think one thing a lot of people don’t realize is that by the time kids reach high school these days, they’ve already solidified in their minds their opinions on LGBT people and their relationships. Homophobia starts young, and typically at home. Not allowing our children to learn about diversity at a young age is just going to lead to misunderstandings later – and our children should be allowed to think for themselves on subjects like this. FYI – I have two teenage sons of my own, and I always taught them tolerance and diversity, even for people who might not return the favour.

  6. Wow. I wish my school had done that. I applaud the school for its bravery, and I’m surprised, quite frankly, that more parents didn’t withdraw their children for the day. That’s an improvement.

    How do you explain lesbian or gay actions at such a young age? My mom did it very well. She told me that people love each other, and it doesn’t matter who they are. It’s that simple. Of course, you have to believe that to teach it to your children. My mom was shocked at first when I came out, but after that she reiterated her support for me. Being LGBT is not a choice- I’m not sure if it was a choice that I would have chosen it. Those parents have to realize that if their kids turn out to be LGBT, pulling them out of school for a day is not going to change that.

  7. Chris Lowry 10 Mar 2009, 2:16pm

    I applaud what this school is trying to do and achive in regards to equality! I also hope the council follows through on taking action against those parents – it will make them think twice before being so narrow minded!!

  8. It is absolutely sickening to take a classic piece of work and turn it into a propaganda tool of the political homosexualist movement! Something must be done about all this madness!

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