I think it is more about promoting it as acceptable for two people of the same gender to have a sexual relationship and raising awareness that it does happen and thereby reducing associated stigma and discrimination as well as making life easier for those young people who already are aware of their homosexuality to feel comfortable with their sexuality.So I guess the recent media efforts as mentioned in my OP as well as the efforts of schools in PSHE are really promoting the acceptance of homosexuality as a part of life.And by the same token sex education might (although equally improbably) encourage some homosexuals to experiment with hetrosexuality which would also somehow be "bad" althogh I cant really really fathom how exactly -unless of course the normal advice RE: contraception wasnt being followed which is surely the point of sex education in the first place no ?Look at S** (her school mate) we all loved him before we knew he was gay and we all still love him now, nothing's changed, some of these people would treat him like some freak and he's just a normal lad' At which point she sighed and waltzed off. And by the same token sex education might (although equally improbably) encourage some homosexuals to experiment with hetrosexuality which would also somehow be "bad" althogh I cant really really fathom how exactly -unless of course the normal advice RE: contraception wasnt being followed which is surely the point of sex education in the first place no ?And I fail to see how branding a of couple sixteen year olds who might happen to have sex with each other as sex offenders and even paedophiles is going to help their "predicament".........................My daughter just told me that they learn all about loving and sexual relationships with 'others who you feel comfortable having a close loving sexual relationship with' and no reference is made to any gender, so it's up to the youngsters to decide if that 'other' would be same or different gender to them, but it isn't exclusively about hetero or homo or bi sexual relationships, which seems fair to me.She just had a read of this thread and was surprised by some of the old fashioned attitudes but that's maybe because they are 'just old and out of touch' she also said 'it winds me up how people think that teenagers are so difficult when we're much more accepting of difference and much more laid back and nicer people than most adults are.
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How exactly would one go about "promoting homosexuality" and if one tried doing so would they be likely come across a lot of hetrosexuals whom they could persuade into thinking "hmmm I might give that a go" ?????
I don't know, but I suspect that dealing with the topic in school sex education would be one way.
The chances are that 10% of a class might have homosexual leanings, without even knowing they have them, so it might encourage them (and even some 'heteros' among them) to experiment with it BEFORE they experiment with heterosexuality.
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