The purpose of this discussion is about explaining to children about LGBTQ+ acceptance with the aim of eradicating homophobia in the world.

Some parents explain to their children that some people are heterosexual while other people are LGBTQ+ and that being LGBTQ+ is a natural phenomenon. These parents tell to their children that “in life, some boys prefer girls, some girls prefer boys, some boys prefer boys, some girls prefer girls”. These children grow up accepting LGBTQ+ people as they are. Also, those who are LGBTQ+ are not afraid to tell their parents openly that they prefer boys or girls since a young age; they are free to decide for themselves as opposed to being forced to pretend that they are heterosexual for fear of social prejudices.

 

    4 Comments

    1. Classified Equal Rights Classified Equal Rights on December 5, 2020 at 6:40 am

      Thank you! A very good piece

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    2. MyGayOpinion MyGayOpinion on December 12, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Short and to the point. I wish all parents were open to discussing LGBTQ+ topics with their kids but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. If kids were taught that all love is good, there wouldn’t be so much hate and prejudice in the world. This article makes me wishful that this was always the case. However, my realistic side makes me a little sad to think of all the kids who are being taught that LGBTQ+ topics are things to be hated and feared. That’s sad for heterosexual children and deadly for LGBTQ+ kids who won’t have a safe place to express who they are and to know that how they feel is alright.

      Children are the ones who are going to be molding the future and deciding what direction their world will be going in.

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    3. shabnaz shabnaz on December 21, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      A beautiful write up. Unfortunately, a majority of the members of the LGBTQ+ community are afraid to come out because of their parents. They are scared to lose the support and love of their parents. I wish parents understand and educate their children from a very young age about sexual orientation. It will not only give confidence to LGBTQ+ kids to embrace their sexual orientation but also promote respect and acceptance for diverse sexual orientations.

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    4. Dr Raza Dr Raza on February 7, 2021 at 8:18 am

      Of course, the children should be taught about. LGBT acceptance. Teaching them this has a long term and healthy effect on society and the children themselves. This should start at home and at school.

      Childhood is the age when you are non-judgemental and naturally accept things the way they are. Children don’t need details. They will easily accept the values taught at and practised in school or at school. Things learned in childhood have a permanent impact on the mindset and they go a long way.

      Some people still argue that being tolerant of LGBT people is all about sex. We can almost hear them saying, ” Gay sex? You wanna teach primary school children about gay sex.” No, It’s not about sex. It’s about accepting the people, their life choices and lifestyle they happily choose to live with. Children learning in school or at home that LGBT folk exist and have the same rights is no different than learning about Eid, Diwali, Darwin, and various other different cultural aspects in the world.

      Once I read somewhere a parent saying as “I don’t send my child to school to learn about LGBT. I send him to school to learn maths, English and science.” Right. Learning maths, English and science is good, of course. However, learning about respecting beliefs and life choices. of others is equally important. For example, if you’re a parent and are confused if you should teach your children about the LGBT, here is the likely scenario. It’s not necessary that he will become gay. However, one of his friends or class fellows will likely grow as gay. So, if your child wasn’t taught about respecting LGBT people in school or at home, he may feel uncomfortable, judgemental and may despise his friend. Thus would lead your child becoming an intolerant homophobic.

      On the other hand, if he was taught well about the rights and equality of the LGBT community, he will be more accepting and non-judgmental towards his friend. It will make him a good friend as well as a good person. He will grow and prosper in his life rather than feeling undue hatred towards others all the time.

      So in my humble opinion, there shouldn’t be a question or confusion about it. Parents need to understand this if they want to raise their children as tolerant and happy individuals. Ultimately, these learning practices would cultivate a healthy and growing society. I guess, this is what we all want.

      With love and respect for everyone out there,

      Dr Raza

      (Here are the blogs and research articles that I found helpful as a person and as practising healthcare professional.)

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5127283/
      https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2158244017739949
      https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/ptn/2018/05/society-accept-homosexuality
      https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J082v42n01_07
      http://www.bu.edu/articles/2013/gay-parents-as-good-as-straight-ones/
      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/09/teaching-children-lgbt-issues-parents-teachers-government

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