Sexual diversity – “Can a curriculum make you gay?!”
Lately there have been some “hot conversations” in the state Baden-Wuerttemberg(Germany) about a new potential curriculum in sex education. The State Pupil Board (Landesschülerbeirat) of the region would like to improve the tolerance towards homosexuality in schools and implement a new plan where sexual diversity is being talked about and “accepted” in schools. But some members of our society, mainly members of the church, don’t seem to be very happy with this approach. They fear that children could get influenced.
… Sometimes I do wonder if some members of our society are rather blind or just stuck in the Middle Ages (Regarding this kind of ignorance and naivety, I easily get emotional, sorry).
How can one believe that sexual orientation could be influenced by a curriculum or by just talking about it? Maybe sexual orientation is similar to the way we used to play hide and seek when we were little – it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you… or in this case if we don’t talk about being gay, no one will be gay (myself being ironic). What exactly is wrong with being gay?!!?
Adolescence should be the time where young people try to find out who they truly are, what they want from life and how they can achieve it. Why shoud we try to hide something from them, make their lifes much more difficult and avoid talking about something that is already clear?!
Mobbing is a huge issue in schools nowadays and YES it is true: Children can be cruel! Every single child that is “different”, not necessary refering to its sexual orientation, but also to his/her origin, his/her way of dressing, his/her appearance and every single thing that can be jugged by others and doesn’t fit in that so called mainstream image, becomes a target for psychological and in worst cases physical violence. So why shouldn’t we show our kids that although someone is not like the most of them, he/she still is a part of our society and has the same rights as every other human being, no matter what.
Another difficulty lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have to deal with is the fact that expressions such as “farggot”, are used as a common swearword on most of the schoolyards in the country. Although the use is actually completely detached from the real original context, young children tend to associate the expression with something bad.
So let us be rolemodels and show the world, that there is nothing bad about being someone that does not float with the current.
No matter what the output of these discussions might be, I tend to say that as long as the word spreads, tolerance might increase and people might see the whole debate under a new perspective.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Let me know in the comments below.
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