UK primary school kids to get books that introduce gay relationships 1 UK & Ireland reports that some British primary schools will be launching a selection of books which introduce gay relationships:

The most important thing these books do is reflect reality for young children,’ said Elizabeth Atkinson, director of the No Outsiders project that is being run by Sunderland and Exeter universities and the Institute of Education (IoE) in London.

‘My background is in children’s literature and I know how powerful it is in shaping social values and emotional development. What books do not say is as important as what they do.’

Atkinson argued that the absence of gay relationships in children’s books amounted to ‘silencing a social message’. She’s far from alone in believing that this gay whitewash fuels playground ignorance and can lead to bullying and isolation for children who’re gay or perceived to be.

Of course there’s controversy surrounding this, notably from those who profess Christianity whilst at the same time being involved in all kinds of hatred, as well as other religions, but that was always to be expected. It’s certainly true that books have a place in reflecting the nature of a society in all its facets, whether or not everyone agrees with that or not.

The full article gives many more viewpoints, both for and against the scheme. To say that the introduction of these books is somehow like child abuse is ridiculous.


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  • Linda

    Hi Andy – my daughter was asking about what the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ meant the other day – she went away smiling. I couldn’t stand it if she showed any prejudice. I remember being in a Christian bookshop buying presents and the lady behind the counter decided to launch into her views on this – I was really taken aback and would have liked to have said something measured and sensible but I took the easy way out and scarpered. All best, Linda x

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