US Boy Scouts rules out gay members
In the teeth of protests the Boy Scouts of America is sticking to a membership standards policy which excludes homosexual persons.
Suicide up to 14 times more likely for “queer” groups
Australian government sources reveal that homosexuals and people of other self-identified genders are much more likely to attempt suicide than the general community.
History textbooks tinged with pink?
A bill that would require textbooks for California public schools to include the historical contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people passed the state Assembly.
Does the school board need to know Johnny’s sexual orientation?
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (Ontario, Canada) plans to issue a survey which asks, among other things, for children to disclose their gender (four choices) and sexual orientation (nine choices).
Youth and same-sex attraction: a new resource for schools
A group of American paediatricians concerned about policies that
encourage teenagers to think positively about same-sex attraction has
set up a website providing factual information and sent a letter to the
superintendents of all public schools in the United States.
Disney world ‘too heterosexual’ for children’s good
Many experts are concerned about the effects on children of their being
immersed in electronic media from a tender age. They worry largely
about the things they are not doing while watching TV or videos:
developing their vocabulary through talking to their parents; listening
to or reading books; going to the park for healthy exercise and social
activities. But two sociologists have come up with a novel reason for
fretting about kids’ exposure to media: the risk of seeing
heterosexuality as normal and desirable.
Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com