Are you actually trying to be the new Blackrain???
Four-year-olds will get gay fairytales at school
by LAURA CLARK - Last updated at 22:00pm on 11th March 2007
Schools are teaching children as young as four about same-*** relationships to comply with new gay rights laws, it emerged yesterday.
They are introducing youngsters to homo******ity using a series of story books in preparation for controversial regulations coming into force next month.
• Three-year-olds 'should be told to stand up for their rights'
Fourteen primary schools are already taking part in a £600,000 Government-funded study aimed at familiarising children with gay and lesbian relationships.
The research team behind the project intends to post the findings on national websites to help all schools use the books in their literacy lessons.
It also revealed it is leading workshops for local councils across the country which are asking how to implement new laws banning discrimination on grounds of ****** orientation.
The academics working on the study say showing children that homo******ity is part of everyday life helps reduce homophobic bullying in the playground.
They claim schools need to ensure they are serving the needs of gay pupils and parents to comply with the Equality Act.
However the scheme sparked alarm among Christian groups who fear the legislation could leave schools open to lawsuits if they refuse to use books with gay characters.
One story being used in the research project, headed by academics at Sunderland University, is a fairytale about a prince who turns down three princesses before falling in love with one of their brothers. They marry in a book titled 'King & King'.
In another book, 'Spacegirl Pukes', the main character has two mothers, mummy Loula and mummy Neenee. She is about to set off on a space mission when she falls ill, requiring her mothers to nurse her back to health.
Another called 'And Tango Makes Three' features two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who fall in love at a New York zoo.
The latter has sparked fierce debate in the U.S. where some schools already use it.
The use of the books in England prompted claims that repealing Section 28 - the law banning the promotion of homo******ity in schools - has increased the use of inappropriate teaching materials.
There are also claims that new gay rights laws, coming into force on April 6, will allow schools to be sued if they do not use homo****** texts.
The Government insists that schools will still be able to decide what they teach.
A spokesman said existing guidance already made clear schools must "meet the needs of all young people whatever their family circumstances or developing ******ity", and in a way that is "age appropriate".
However Dr Elizabeth Atkinson, reader in social and educational inquiry at Sunderland University, said: "The purpose of the project is to support schools in meeting their requirements under the Equality Act, which will require all public institutions to meet the needs of gay and lesbian users.
"There's very little out there at the moment to enable them to meet the needs of all pupils."
The No Outsiders project, which has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, is run by Sunderland jointly with Exeter
University and London's Institute of Education.
It has been launched in 14 schools across the North East, the South West, London and the Midlands.
Dr Atkinson added: "We are already finding that books like these are changing attitudes around homo******ity. Pupils are more willing to understand issues of discrimination."
However Simon Calvert, spokesman for the Christian Institute, said: "The predictions of those who said the repeal of Section 28 would result in the active promotion of homo******ity in schools are coming true."
His insitute is also warning that the new equality laws would lead to schools being "compelled" to provide books with gay themes and risk litigation if they do not.
Meanwhile the Christian Voice group has vowed to track down the books and organise a protest to ban them.
Director Stephen Green said: "The arrogance of people like Elizabeth Atkinson, using children as guinea pigs is outrageous and thoroughly wicked.
"I am astonished at this project and we are trying to find out where these schools are to empower parents to put pressure on them to remove the books."
Are you actually trying to be the new Blackrain???
grosss...... not so much the whole gay thing.... just the whole stuffing it on little kids part....
I, for one, welcome our new gay overlords.
Let's see how long this thread will last.
Next time you're in West Hollywood, stop by have have some beers at Studs bar.
Have a good day...
Kinda reminded me of that South Park episode "Getting gay with children".
I guess my question is why does this need to forced on kids before regular *** education even occurs?
It's call brainwashing, plain and simple. Not to say the word brainwashing is used in a bad context, it depends on your position in this matter.
I for one when I have kids do not want the public school bringing a political battle in the classroom.
which will require all public institutions to meet the needs of gay and lesbian users
How do gay users have needs that are different to the needs of hetero****** users? Aside from the obvious large supplies needed of garishly coloured linen shirts and sandals.
Oh, and the Christian Voice group, and Stephen Green in particular, are total nutjobs. I've met the man, and he's a few rounds short of a full magazine.
Why do some gay people think they're some kind of special case (even worse when straight people patronise gay folk into becoming special cases)? They're just normal folk that stick it in a different hole and pick a different type of pube out of their teeth, and possibly (just possibly) have their fingers on the pulse in the busy metropolitan world of fashion. Get over yourselves, you pains in the arses. Pun intended.
I'm telling you this country is falling apart.
I try to avoid W.Hollywood for those very reasons.
What's being 'forced' on kids? That homo******s exist? Why is that any worse than the overwhelming references to hetro******ity found in most material that is presented to kids?
How, for example, should a teacher and schools in general, approach a child who's parents are homo******? What about homo****** employees?
Overall, is the problem people have with ******ity being mentioned, or which homo******ity specifically?
Do people actually think that some four year old will even notice and understand the gay aspect of some bedtime story.
I remember when some people were worried how the Teletubbies would make babies gay because one of them had the gay-symbol triangle on his head, one carried a purse and one was pink (or was it the same tubbie?). Like the kids would understand symbols like that.