The government has reiterated its warning against schools introducing Section 28-style policies targeting the “promotion” of homosexuality by saying they should not promote any type of sexual orientation in the classroom.
This week at the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Brighton delegates discussed last summer’s revelations that more than 45 schools had polices in place targeting the “promotion” of homosexuality.
The Independent reports Deborah Glynn, from St Helens, Lancashire, cited research by the British Humanist Association (BHA) to the conference on Tuesday which, she said, showed that there are many schools bringing this wording back into their policies.
“A lot are fundamentalist groups – mainly Christian,” she said.
Ms Glynn said she had worked in one academy which had previously featured language reminiscent of Section 28 in its guidelines.
However, the language was subsequently removed following the BHA’s revelations.
Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 previously stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” and that schools “could not promote of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.
It was later repealed under Tony Blair’s Labour government and the current Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, apologised for the policy in 2009.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Any suggestion of schools singling out homosexuality is unacceptable. Last summer the Department for Education launched an investigation into schools who were alleged to have this kind of policy. As a result, all schools with offending policies committed to withdraw or replace them.
“All schools can draw up their own sex education policy but they must ensure they do not discriminate unfairly on grounds of sexual orientation. Our sex and relationship education guidance makes it clear that schools should not promote any sexual orientation.”
I am away right now at my mum and dads house in Liverpool, not sure what they think if my purple and dip dyed hair, and to tell the truth I don't give a crap any more.. I am getting way to old now for all this worry so I think it might be time to stop the worry and just fuck the ones that don't like me.. I have been over the last month hiding away because of people I don't know moving in over the road from me, but now I am fed up and it's time just to tell them as they stop me every day knock on the door to chat, it does not help that they are always just there.. well must pop off and go to sleep I have a long drive tomorrow
Please Help Molly if you have some cash just sitting around go and do something nice, help this lovely little girl.... link at the bottom of the page
Making Molly's Memories
Unfortunately in December 2013, after 18 long months of tests and appointments, we were given the devastating diagnosis that our 6 year old daughter Molly has a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (R.P) and she was registered Visually Impaired.
Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic condition that causes patches on the retina at the back of the eye, this in turn causes black patches in the field of vision. For Molly specifically this has started around the edges of her eyes and particularly at the bottom and top - like looking through a tunnel. R.P also causes night blindness where it is difficult or not possible at all to see in low lights, Molly is already dealing with this issue. For some, symptoms do not begin to show until at least their teens, sometimes even later however for molly, these symptoms are already noticeable and are getting profoundly worse.
Unfortunately there is no treatment or cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa and all we can know is Molly's sight is deteriorating to a point where eventually she will lose her sight completely.
All we can do as her parents, family and friends is give her every life enhancing opportunity and experience whilst she still has her sight to make as many memories as possible.
Molly loves the world and animals. She wants to explore everywhere she can while she can. She is such an adventurous and confident child and takes every day in her stride.
Lots of our wonderful family and friends have planned lots of wonderful sponsored events over the next few months to try and help us raise funds to send Molly to as many amazing places as we can!
Thank you for your support.
I have had a bad time of late my head has been all over the place I dont know where to go now from here, so I have decided to stop full stop and put myself in reverse, I am never going to escape the feelings I have they haunt me every day, every time I look in a mirror every time I talk every time I go out side. I am now at a point where I can not move forward, I have tried and tried but a big wall keeps hitting me in the face, I am now mentally worn out and I have decided going back is now the only way forward.
I can never change my mind or change how people think about me... I also do not want to put my family through this and what will come of it, I will one day be the person who I was born to be. if I lived where people did not hate or ridicule and I could walk out my door without having to see some people things would be so much different but this is not going to happen I cant see it in the future... so I need to protect my family from everything I can and I can not do this right now.
I will be keeping the blog going because I am still Transgender and people still need help and I will help until my least breath is taken from me. Remember this every persons situation is different... right must go the baby has done a big poo and its making my eyes water... xx
I love this, wish I could move that good :)
#GayDads Open Letter To Zachary Dutro-Boggess, Accused Of Being #Gay By His Mother Before She Killed Him #Homophobia #LGBT
By Rob Watson | The Next Family
When my sons were very little, about three years old, there were times when I would sit back and just marvel at them. Here were these incredible little boys exploring and reacting to the world around them. Since my sons are “almost twins,” only four months apart in age having been born to different drug addicted mothers, they experienced most things at the same developmental level.
Because each had his own individual personality, the reactions and interactions became unique and fascinating. As they grew, they seemed to depart from things that were generically baby gestures, to behaviors that were characteristic of them themselves. They were becoming their own people with personalities.
This was both exciting and daunting for a parent to observe. On the one hand, it was the watch of time and change interceding far too quickly, and at too great a rapid pace. On the other, it was the biggest thrill I could imagine: seeing my two sons emerge and become who they would be. I could not wait to meet and know, and love them.
I remember one morning when the boys were three years old, a cold Sunday, when I was orchestrating activities with them. Jesse, for no apparent reason, came over, grabbed my face, pulled it toward him, and gave me a kiss on the cheek. My partner happened to be snapping pictures and he caught the moment. I look disheveled, and the lighting in the picture is bad, but to this day, it is my favorite photo of all time.
Jesse, the generously affectionate young man he was becoming, had emerged for his first moment from the blond little toddler. Knowing who he is now, it was a thrill to see the glimpse of him then. Watching my sons develop from babies into the men they will be is my greatest life’s honor.
Not all parents relate to this joy of children developing into themselves as I do, particularly when those parents are homophobic and the child’s emergence is indicating that he or she may be either gay or transgender. In those cases, things can get very ugly, very fast.
The “American Family Association” founder James Dobson declared that starting as early as age five, children might show some sort of inclinations, and he prescribed parental actions to make the children change their instincts.
One such parent was Oregon mom, Jessica Dutro. Her little boy Zachary was not reacting to things in as masculine a way as she expected. She thought he would become gay. “He walks like it and talks like it. Ugh.” She wrote to boyfriend, Brian Canady, and she instructed Brian to “work on him.” They both worked on Zachary. Until Zachary was dead.
Jessica Dutro is an abusive woman. Her behavior towards her other kids shows that fact. The blend of homophobia with those abusive tendencies made her deadly.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a requiem to Fred Phelps, a man who personified hatred. His life was a failure, and my final message to him was one of pity. Today, I write a requiem to Zachary. He was not hatred, he was sweet and energetic. He was killed by hatred. There is no pity in this message. I am angry.
Goodbye. We, the world, have failed you little one. You came to us, bright and full of promise, and we left you in the hands of one who did not appreciate your brightness, and in fact, she sought to make you suffer for who she thought you might be.
I am sorry. I did not cause the force that killed you, and in fact, I fight it daily. You are dead, however, and for me, that means that I did not fight hard enough, not nearly hard enough.
You were killed by homophobia, my child. It came through the hands of parents, through the very hands and arms that should have been there to grab you, and hold you and love you. It was the force of homophobia that killed you however, not just those physical blows that delivered it. While your parents embodied that hatred, it was not created by them, it had been given to them in many ways from the world around them.
I am sorry you were born in a world where too many voices tell you not to be you. No one should have to fight for the right to be themselves, least of all, a 4-year-old child.
I am sorry you were born into a world where so many feel that the ability to physically make a child is more important that the ability to love and nurture one. Where people are writing court papers vilifying parents who do not physically procreate, they should be writing briefs condemning parents who do not love. Birthing a child is merely bringing it to life. Loving a child is truly giving it a reason to live.
I am sorry you were born into a world where people believe in misinterpreted Bible passages and tired dogmas. They hold onto them only so they can rationalize hating something they don’t understand. Something they see in you, even in your innocence.
I am sorry for all the beauty, magnificence, talent and life that you represented that is now gone. I miss the adult you were to become: the father, the artist, or the hero. I mourn the children you did not get to raise and the better world you did not get to help build.
A man named Fred Phelps died a few weeks ago, two years after you did. He lived his life being hateful, trying to get people to be more homophobic. He failed and his efforts made people not want to be like him. Homophobia lost. You lived your life being loving, and your efforts made two people hate you. Homophobia still lost however, because I will never ever forget you.
I pray that your short life is held up as the horrible cost of the homophobic mindset. That mindset is not an opinion. It is not a right to religious beliefs. It is a deep and ever-present danger that kills the innocent. I pray that your life robs homophobia of its glory and helps shame it into non-existence.
Nothing will replace the life we lost in you. You were our child and we allowed our world to inspire your fate. You deserved so much better.
With you in our hearts, little man, I promise you, we will do so much better. We will shut this intolerance, this indecency down even harder. We can’t give you back your life, but through your memory, we can take back our own lives and this world.
We have the power to make this world one of love, fairness and peace. You have reminded us why we need to do that for all the future little boys and little girls just like you. We owe it to them. We owed it to you. We will not fail again.
Writer Bio: Rob Watson is a writer for The Next Family and Evol Equals and lives with his husband and children in Santa Cruz, California.
A gay primary school teacher in #Birmingham has resigned, after parents complained they did not want him teaching their children.
According to the Sunday Times, Andrew Moffat was assistant head at Birmingham’s Chilwell Croft Academy, where he designed several pro-LGBT resources, including a pamphlet called ‘Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools’.
However, after coming out in an assembly, and teaching a literacy lesson using a book in which a gay family attends a picnic, he was besieged by protests from parents.
He told the newspaper: “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.
“Some Christian and some Muslim parents have told me they don’t want their children learning that it’s OK to be gay.”
After the protests, Moffat resigned from his post at the school, and has since found a teaching post elsewhere.
A statement from 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 in different families.
“The objections were primarily voiced by those whose own religion took an opposing stance to homosexuality.”
The Grand National is tomorrow, myself I will not bet I never have never will... I dont bet on Horses to DIE... if your going to put that bet on remember this you are contributing to the slaughter of beautiful animals... is it worth it?
I have not been able to update as much in the last week as I have 2 little boys not well, it feel like they get over one thing and then they get hit with something else, now its tonsillitis in one and the other is being sick, so all my time is being taken to try and get them better..
A friend posted this on Facebook wall earlier. She took the picture in her local health centre.
It is not you, nor alcohol that causes rape. Rapists do.
The National Rape Crisis Helpline can be reached on 0808 802 9999 or on minicom 0208 239 1124. The Helpline is open every day of the year between 12 and 2.30 and 7 and 9.30pm.
I am sitting here unshaven for now 3 days I look like a total mess, I have not been over the door as I don't want people seeing me this way, the reason for this is I have run out of cash for things like a razor the prices are so high £12 for 3 blades, now this is the first time I have had this problem only because we have had loads of bills and birthdays for the kids, I don't mind so much as its given my face time to heal and the bumps and redness has now gone. Looking in a mirror is not something I want to do so I can only feel it... I think sometimes you have to give things a rest... tomorrow I will remove it and be free to go out again I hope :)
Now the reason I have told you this is because I am going to put together a page where you can get the best prices on every day Items like razors and makeup, shoes, wigs.....and voucher codes so you can save more, also if you have any links you want to pop on just let me know..
Being Transgender or Gay is not a choice, being Transphobic or Homophobic is, so don't be a Twonk