They’re teaching LGBT relationships in Primary schools & some parents are revolting: No Outsiders & BBC Panarama

Education reflects modern Britain today. In the same way that story books show people with different skin colours and religions and mixed race families, they shouldn’t just show families with a mum and a dad.

Around 1 in 20 young people will identify as LGBT and it is illegal it discriminate against someone because they are LGBT. Today, the vast majority of people in the UK think it is OK to be LGBT and most of us have close friends or family who are LGBT.

Modern society is reflected in schools by a few story books acknowledging that some families have 2 dads or 2 mums. 

BBC’s Panarama (today) is about the No to #NoOutsiders campaign in Birmingham and protests around the UK that want to get rid of these books from primary schools and do not want primary school children to know anything about LGBT people.

Here’s one of the books that children as young as 4 years of age might see in school. A few people think it should be banned: Mommy, Mama, and Me!

Some news reports this year have suggested there are LGBT lessons – what on Earth would that be anyway? Other people (including some MPs) have suggested there is LGBT Sex Education in primary schools for young children – this is crazy and far from the truth of what is being taught in primary schools.

There are no LGBT sex education lessons being taught in schools to young children.

Mommy, Mama, and Me! isn’t a book about LGBT relationships it is a book about families – in this family there happens to be two mums. It is a book that reflects a typical family in modern Britain.

Mommy, Mama, and Me is such an inoffensive book that you might wonder what the fuss is about. There is a fuss, so it must be the book featuring 2 dads…

And Tango Makes Three is a true story about 2 gay male penguins looking after an egg together (do you call it raising an egg?). In fact, lesbian & gay penguin couples are seen fairy often among those in captivity.

Aside note: Homosexuality has been observed across hundreds of animal species, it’s not uniquely human. If you believe the Goddess made animals and humans, then she made them that way.

Here’s And Tango Makes Three if you want to check out this scandalous book for yourself:

Dads can raise children. This shouldn’t be a surprise in 2019.

Childcare and domestic chores don’t solely belong to women.

Getting this into perspective, there are a tiny number of revolting parents and teachers who are protesting against these books being in schools. The vast majority of us find nothing wrong in these books.

There must be another book that is Oh so offensive… Well, no. Not really. There are books that say it is Ok to be different and it is bad to bully kids who are different. I’m pleased that schools have these books.

My Princess Boy is a wonderful book in some schools. Many of us, as parents, have been annoyed and upset by other people telling our sons that clothes or toys are not for them because they are exclusively for girls. They are not girls’ toys, they are just toys.

 

“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.” Winston Churchill

I’d like primary school education and story books for young child to reflect the diversity in our society.

The small number of protesters who say it is not OK to be LGBT are against these books being in school. They are against inclusive education. They do not want children learning it is OK to be LGBT in the UK today. The implication is that they want to take us back to the bad old days.

Here are some more great books for primary school children.

King and King is suitable for kids of any age.

Think about it. Many Barbie films and Disney films/books/pantos  for little kids show the girl finding her one true love. If stories about young men and women falling in love is suitable for a primary school and pre-school audience, then so are books about boy meets boy. I love thins book:

 

And the final book I’m going to mention right now is Julian is a Mermaid.

It is a book about a boy dressing up.

Now, I think for most kids dressing up is fun and they seem to do a lot of it at our local primary school. However for a significant number of kids (and their parents) dressing up is all sorts of stressful. So much so that I did mention it to one of the teachers that I personally would love it if they didn’t have dressing upi days and just stuck to school uniform…. but that is a different story.

I had two boys. It pretty soon became apparent for them at a very early age that while there were loads of dressing up clothes for girls the range for boys was very limited. Both my boys also expressed disappointment at how boring the dressing up clothes for boys were (available to buy in the shops).

In my experience boys WANT to dress up in all types of wild & colourful clothes. They want to dress up in princess dresses, big shoes and wigs, and “girls” clothes – for fun. And dressing up says nothing about their innerselves their sexuality & gender identity. It is very sad that little boys and their parents at a very early age learn that boys mustly dress up as anything other than male superheroes – even when they want to.

So, I showed you My Princess Boy above and now let’s look at Julian is a Mermaid.

I know many adults read between the lines that these books are about trans kids or gay kids. I think if trans kids like these books, that’s fine. But I see these books as relevant to all kids telling them that it is OK for boys to be more adventurous in the games they play, the toys they play with and the clothes they wear.

It’s OK to “be like a girl” because girls are terrific! And more than that, these aren’t girl’s clothes they are just clothes.

Here’s Julian is a Mermaid:

 

I’d love to see all these books available to all kids of all ages in all primary schools. There’s nothing problematic in their content.

 

 

 

 

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