In the teeth of protests the Boy Scouts of America is sticking to a membership standards policy which excludes homosexual persons.
Australian government sources reveal that homosexuals and people of other self-identified genders are much more likely to attempt suicide than the general community.
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.
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).
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.
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.