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Bans on Discussion of Homosexuality in UK Schools on the Rise

Delegates at the UK’s Union of Teachers annual conference this week reported a growing number of schools have begun introducing bans on the promotion or positive portrayal of homosexuality.

The wording of many of these bans apparently mirrors that of Section 28 - the controversial clause introduced under the Thatcher Government in the late 1980s.

The Independent reports:

Uk schoolDeborah Glynn, from St Helens, Lancashire, cited research by the British Humanist Association to the conference 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.

She said she had worked in one academy which had done this, but which had subsequently withdrawn the words after negotiations.

A number of schools cited in the BHA research did withdraw the wording after it was pointed out to them. They said they had severely inherited the words of previous agreements, and not realised until it was pointed out to them what they had done.

"All schools can draw up their own sex education policy but they must ensure they do not discriminate unfairly on grounds of sexual orientation,” a Department of Education spokesman said. “Our sex and relationship education guidance makes it clear that schools should not promote any sexual orientation.”

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  1. I bet you'll find the sticky fingers of American christo-fascists all over this.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Apr 26, 2014 12:01:01 PM

  2. Copying Russia! No doubt the people doing this praise Putin's defense of family values!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Apr 26, 2014 12:33:45 PM

  3. English schoolboys have been lustily buggering each other for centuries. And no past attempt to suppress it has worked.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Apr 26, 2014 1:23:49 PM

  4. @PERVY MCPERV. The Fives Courts at our school were a hotbed for buggery.

    Posted by: Bollox | Apr 26, 2014 1:34:08 PM

  5. Slightly misleading really. Sure it's technically on the rise, and the wording has been introduced in a "number of schools", but that number is approximately 2.

    Posted by: RyanC | Apr 26, 2014 1:59:11 PM

  6. @BOLLOX - Makes sense. Just enough privacy there to encourage the horny to get on with it.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Apr 26, 2014 2:10:32 PM

  7. Right. I"ll bet it's the Christians who are the problem. Couldn't be the immigrants, now could it? Muslims? Nooooo.

    Posted by: enchantra | Apr 26, 2014 4:51:24 PM

  8. The UK has a right wing government who pretend to be OK about gay rights but then vote against any gay rights issue including gay marriage last year. It was the left wing opposition who stuck together and voted the legislation into law.

    The right wing UK Conservative Party still hate gay people and always will. They are sitting back and letting this happen in UK schools because they just do not care.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Apr 26, 2014 6:41:12 PM

  9. A bit OT, but how do you "severely inherit" something? LOL

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 27, 2014 7:42:20 AM

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