A new recommendation report from Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission calls for asking children as young as 11 about their sexuality. Naturally, everyone is in full support. Wink!
If the commission has its way, the questionnaire that would be circulated among youth would not require parental consent. It would also record those deemed to be “questioning” their sexuality.
It says monitoring sexual orientation among youngsters could help to prevent them from becoming victims of discrimination, and claims that ‘some young people begin to question their sexual orientation as early as age eight and may begin to identify as LGB (lesbian, gay, bisexual) from early adolescence’. The report has provoked outrage. Graham Stuart, Tory chairman of the Commons education select committee, said the plans were ‘invasive, sinister and threatening’. He added: ‘School should be a place of safety, not a place where pupils are picked over for the purpose of some quango; and many children won’t understand what they are talking about.’
The report – Researching and Monitoring Adolescence and Sexual Orientation: Asking the Right Questions, at the Right Time – says it is ‘critical’ to track children’s sexuality to ‘shed light on the complexities of young people’s developing sexual orientation and how this may disadvantage them’. It tell researchers not to dismiss gay feelings of interviewees as ‘a passing phase’. Some youngsters, it says, may use categories such as ‘questioning’, ‘queer’, ‘pansexual’, ‘genderqueer’, ‘asexual’, ‘pan-romantic’ and even ‘trisexual’.
That last one, trisexual, of course means kids will “try anything.” Including “try to made government reports look stupid by offering nonsensical answers.”