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Is It Time To Start Asking 11-Year-Olds If They Fancy Boys Or Girls?

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.”

By:           Max Simon
On:           Mar 28, 2011
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  • 6 Comments
    • McMike
      McMike

      Give me a break. I was being called a ‘fag’ by the time I was 7 year old back in the late 70’s so kids these days know all too well what a homosexual is. It’s unreal conservatives are trying to act as if kids have no clue yet what to ignore the fact these same kids are already calling each other ‘fags’ and know exactly what it means.

      Mar 28, 2011 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The sane Francis
      The sane Francis

      It’s good that they are doing this in Britain, it should be done worldwide. Yes, at 11, kids are, at the very least, beginning to recognize who they like and what they are into. At 10 I saw Anderson Cooper on TV and that was basically the shining moment for me. And by 12 I fully knew what “gay” was. So, the earlier kids are supported, helped and guided and also the younger bullying can be addressed and stamped out, the better.

      Mar 28, 2011 at 10:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Roy G. Biv
      Roy G. Biv

      I was watching Queer as Folk at age 11. LOL. Yeah, they know.

      Mar 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob
      Bob

      I was experimenting with gay sex by 11.

      Mar 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      I don’t think they necessarily need to be asked which they are, but they do need to be told it doesn’t matter which they are.

      Mar 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Franky
      Franky

      I’m thinking you know by that age. A friend and I had already started experimenting by age 7(me)-8(him).

      Mar 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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