We are definitely becoming more liberal as a society when it comes to our views on sexuality. The legalising of gay marriage in England, Wales and Scotland is truly a great step on the way to real equality. Still, there are things that, when they happen, make you shake your head in disbelief.
Andrew Moffat, author of Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools has had to resign after parents complained that they didn’t want their kids to be taught that it was ‘OK to be gay’.
The parents were mainly Muslim, though some Christian parents also complained.
Some of Moffat’s books have been had been used in literacy lessons to 10 and 11 year old children, at Chilwell Croft Academy in Birmingham.
In a statement, the school said: “A minority group of parents objected to some of the resource books being used in literacy lessons with some of the oldest children in the school, which explored relationships with different families.
“The objections were primarily voiced by those whose own religion took an opposing stance to homosexuality.”
Moffat announced his homosexuality to the school during an assembly.
“I did come out at school in an assembly after a group of 11-year-olds held up a poster they made, with the heading ‘Gay is good’. It seemed like the right time to let the children know that they knew a gay person.
“Following my coming out, some parents from different communities complained to the school, but I maintain that my decision was the right one at that time”
What is ‘Promoting Homosexuality?’
OK, I am going to try and make sense of this. The issue here is about the promotion of homosexuality. But what is promoting homosexuality?
Well, if Mr Moffat is walking around school trying to convince young boys and girls that they are gay, and that being gay is better than being straight, then there would be a problem. Kids need to be allowed to develop naturally into the person they really are.
Back in the real world, I doubt there is any teacher in the world who would do that.
Promoting homosexuality here seems to be saying it is OK to be gay, and nobody should be judged because of it. Is that promoting? Not in my book.
Obviously elements of religion still have a major problem with homosexuality, and that will take a while to change.
Society, in general is becoming more and more accepting. The emergence of Glasgow TS escorts, and their growing popularity says a lot. But we still have a long way to go.
Sometimes you need a story like this to show you that.
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