Stonewall: Teach about gay relationships in pre-school to prevent homophobia

The Press Association (via the Mail) is reporting that Stonewall’s new chief executive Ruth Hunt has said children aged under five should be taught about gay relationships to help fight homophobia…

She believes that learning about different types of families is the “next step” for equality but Christian faith campaigners have described the idea as “concerning” and an attempt to “manipulate the state education system”.

Ms Hunt told The Independent: “I think the next step is about going into pre-schools. We need to encourage [under-fives] to think about different families. Loads of kids these days have two mums or two dads – or at least gay uncles and aunts.”

She claimed the quality of children’s books showing difference is “dire” and any new material to address the issue must be age appropriate.

Claiming that the word “gay” is sometimes used in a negative way in primary schools, she told The Independent: “Most language moves on but 98 per cent of kids hear ‘that’s so gay’ on a regular basis and it was the same five years ago.

“We’ve seen bullying of gay kids go down from 65 per cent to 50 per cent, so the bullying’s going down, but not the language.”

Christian Concern chief executive Andrea Minichiello Williams said that many parents and grandparents “will be horrified to hear that under-fives are now being targeted”, adding: “Those who want to turn the world on its head have often tried to manipulate the state education system to achieve their ends.”

A Department for Education spokesman said: “Bullying in schools can have a real impact on young peoples’ attainment, attendance and achievement at school – that is why we are committed to tackling all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying, in an age-appropriate manner…



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  1. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Homophobia is greatly exaggerated. The word gay is not homophobic. Don’t dare broach this subject with our kids!

  2. LaCatholicState

    No teacher should ever call a child homophobic, or racist or Islamophobic!  Hey teachers….leave our kids alone!

  3. LaCatholicState

    @cloudthirtynine SchoolsImprove  We don’t send our kids to school for lessons on homosexuality.  We also teach our kids to be kind to everybody….not just some people.  Teaching kids kindness is more important than teaching kids ‘diversity’.

  4. SaraJC22

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove it is if it’s used in a derogatory way… It’s about educating…
    exaggerated?? On what basis?

  5. LaCatholicState

    SaraJC22 SchoolsImprove Gay has many meanings. It is not always referring to homosexuality. So don’t vilify kids who use it please.

  6. LaCatholicState

    SaraJC22 SchoolsImprove Also…don’t explain what homosexuality is. We don’t send our kids to school for this! It is an abuse.

  7. SaraJC22

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove absolutely right! so therefore education is needed when used in the wrong way which it can be..

  8. SaraJC22

    LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove an abide??? don’t agree at all whose job is it then if parents don’t/can’t dothis?

  9. LaCatholicState

    @SaraJC22 LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove   You tell a child not to hurt or abuse other kids…as we parents do.  You don’t give a lecture on homosexuality!

  10. LaCatholicState

    @SaraJC22 LaCatholicState SchoolsImprove   It’s not necessary to lecture….just ask for kindness to all.  And treat bullying according to severity….not type!

  11. Sam_Peepz

    cloudthirtynine SchoolsImprove You teachers are complete idiots. Give the children information, and the tools to examine it critically.

  12. modoran_mo

    SchoolsImprove sounds like a great idea, anything that encourages little ones accept and respect diversity should be welcomed.

  13. LaCatholicState

    @modoran_mo SchoolsImprove  If parents want to discuss this with their kids….they can do it themselves. Do not treat our kids as propaganda fodder for the homosexual lobby!  They are not!

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