A Sydney parent says an after-school care centre called the police on him after he reacted angrily to his child being taught ‘inappropriate’ lessons on gender and sexuality.
The parent said they were told by Roseville Kids Club, which provides before and after school care for students from Roseville Primary School, that the lessons were to raise a more ‘inclusive’ generation of students.
They said they took issue with children as young as five being taught about being ‘non-binary’ and ‘pansexual’ as well as being given Pride flags to colour in.
‘I visited it and was shocked that there was a giant out-size Pride flag, it was the biggest flag in the room, far bigger than the Australian flag,’ the parent who wishes to remain anonymous told the Daily Telegraph.
The parent said they were told by Roseville Kids Club the lessons were to raise a more ‘inclusive’ generation of students
Parent said they took issue with children as young as five being taught about being ‘non-binary’ and ‘pansexual’ as well as being given Pride flags to colour in
‘When I went in there was an entire wall describing different sexualities giving definitions of things like ‘pansexual’ and ‘lesbian’.
‘My child is five, I don’t understand what possible justification there is for exposing them to sexual identities like this.’
The parent also revealed that the centre had complained about his actions to police. However, the parent was later told by a constable that there was no case to answer and they hadn’t committed an offence.
Photos taken of the centre’s wall show coloured Pride flags and definitions of different sexualities and gender identities including ‘gender fluid’, ‘asexual’, and ‘nonbinary’.
Roseville Kids Club has been approached for comment.
Photos taken of the centre’s wall show coloured Pride flags and definitions of different sexualities and gender identities including ‘gender fluid’, ‘asexual’, and ‘nonbinary’
Dr Bella D’Abrera, Director, Foundations of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs, called the centre’s activities ‘outrageous’
Pauline O’Kane, CEO of the Network of Community Activities which represents out of school hour care facilities, defended the centre
Transgender awareness in schools has long been a divisive topic in Australia.
In April, NSW One Nation MP Mark Latham said the accommodation of trans children in schools has gone too far amid plans to encourage ‘non-gendered’ sport in Australian schools.
The new plan to encourage teachers to organise ‘non-gendered’ sports teams and language is being developed by the Northern Territory (NT) education department for use in schools.
A draft of the NT plan encourages students to use showers and toilets of the gender they identify with and ban teachers from using everyday words, including ‘boys and girls’.
Mr Latham, an outspoken campaigner against trans people in sport, rubbished the plans.
‘A lot of what’s being talked about with sports in the NT is already in NSW,’ he said.
‘We’re in the realms of stupid here already,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s an absurdity, a nonsense. Boys know they’re boys and girls know their girls and what’s wrong with that?’
He believed the privacy of young girls was at risk from opening up change rooms to people depending on their gender identity.
‘I can believe there’s a parent who’d be happy with someone with a penis in the girl’s toilets or change rooms in a school.
‘You only have to talk to a 13 year old girl, she would have a heart attack if someone with a penis was in the girls changerooms.’
However, others have supported plans to increase transgender awareness in schools.
A March study found that 82% of Australian parents support the teaching of gender and sexuality diversity in schools.
The Western Sydney University survey asked 2,000 parents whether they believe gender and sexuality diversity should be discussed in class.
It found 94% wanted relationships and sexuality education discussed, while a majority wanted to see gender and sexuality diversity introduced in the curriculum in primary school and the early years of high school.
It comes after it was revealed that Queensland parents may soon have the option of not declaring a gender for their babies on their birth certificates, according to a radical new proposal.
The details of the proposal were discussed with two women’s groups earlier this month, where they were told the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ could also be optional.
People would also be allowed to change their gender every 12 months, and they could choose any descriptor for their gender on the document excluding numbers, symbols, offensive language or if it was obscene or ‘contrary to the public interest’.
Anyone over the age of 16 would be able to self-identify as another gender as long as they had a supporting statement from someone who’s known them for at least 12 months, women at the meeting reported.