The Pink Triangle Trust

News Release – 30 April 2009

Faith Schools and Sex Education

Kenilworth, 30 April 2009 — George Broadhead, secretary of the Pink Triangle Trust, has written to Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, expressing concern over Government proposals for sex education in “faith” schools as follows:

30 April 2009

Rt Hon Ed Balls
Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street

Dear Mr Balls,

As a gay educational charity, we were shocked to learn that the new government plans to compel all schools to teach sex education will allow faith schools to educate pupils in line with their religious beliefs.

It seems that a get-out clause for faith schools will permit them to present sex education “in line with the context, values and ethos” of the schools and clearly this will permit them to tell pupils (in line with the teachings in their holy books) that lesbian and gay sexual relationships are morally wrong.

Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of our schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay. That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by the gay equality organisation Stonewall. The study found that nearly two thirds of lesbian and gay pupils reported instances of homophobic harassment and significantly this figure jumps to 75% for those attending faith schools.

When this survey was issued, you yourself pledged to stamp out all forms of bullying in schools.

It is surely unacceptable that a large proportion of our schools should be allowed to tell their pupils that same-sex relationships are wrong with the inevitable consequence that anti-gay bullying will increase.

Yours sincerely,

George Broadhead

Further information from George Broadhead on 01926 858450.
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