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Friday, 15 August 2014

UK Lesbian activist: ‘under-fives’ should be taught to ‘celebrate’ homosexuality

Stonewall chief Ruth Hunt

Under-fives should have materials in their preschools “celebrating” homosexuality and teaching them about “gay marriage,” the new head of Britain’s powerful homosexual lobby has said.
“I think the next step is about going into preschools. I know from all my godchildren that the quality of children’s books depicting difference is dire. We need to encourage [under-fives] to think about different families. Loads of kids these days have two mums or two dads – or at least gay uncles and aunts.”
In an interview in the Independent, Ruth Hunt said that Stonewall is ready to commission “a suite of books that celebrates difference in all its forms.”
“I really want to commission – and this is something we’ve got to talk about as an organisation – a suite of books that celebrates difference in all its forms for under-fives,” Hunt said.
“With different families in it but also mixed-race people and sent into every preschool setting. That will take time too. But that is possibly one of the most radical campaigns we could do,” she said.
Hunt emphasized that Stonewall has enjoyed the full support and cooperation of the coalition government, particularly with their work in schools. She said the new Education Secretary,
“wrote to me this week saying she was very keen to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, and there’s a very real commitment to shifting attitudes in schools.”
She highlighted the support the government has already given Stonewall in gaining access to schools to distribute a film that was sent “into every primary school celebrating same-sex-parent families.”

Hunt has hit the ground running since being appointed as Stonewall’s new Chief Executive July 27th. She told the Guardian the following day that she intended to work harder to win over the “hearts and minds” of the British public. The methods of more confrontational activists like Peter Tatchell, she said, “doesn’t lend itself to what British-based activists want us to do.”

Following the creation of “gay marriage” by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government last year, Hunt said there is still work to be done, particularly with consolidating ties between homosexuals and “transgendered” people and aiding other countries to follow the UK’s lead.

She said, 
“We are at quite an important tipping point in terms of trans equality, and we are looking at how we can best support and maximise that tipping point.” 
She added that the organization only has three staff covering international lobbying, and that they are “turning countries away” at the moment through lack of staff.

Hunt, whom the Guardian identified as a Catholic, came into Stonewall as a policy officer and has lead the organization’s campaign in schools under the rubric of “anti-homophobic bullying,” work that has been criticized as a means of imposing secularist notions of sexuality on faith schools.

Hunt’s Catholicism was highlighted in 2013 when she acted as spokesman for Stonewall at the time that the Catholic archbishop of Westminster canceled the “gay Masses” that had long been a feature in London’s gay scene.

She told media that given the Church’s “vitriolic and mean messages from the pulpit about same-sex marriage, there has never been a more important time to provide a safe space for gay Catholics to pray.”

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