Northern Ireland’s Education Minister CaitrÃona Ruane may be our new favorite person. As her peer MP Iris Robinson pushes anti-gay reparative therapy, Ruane took a stand for supporting gay counseling – in schools! Rather than yakking about social or religious beliefs, as Robinson has, Ruane went straight for the civic jugular:
Government has a responsibility to ensure policy development considers the needs of all in our community, including policies for education.
As Education Minister I take my duty to respect and treat all sections of the community equally very seriously.
It is interesting to note that research shows 86% of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are aware of their sexuality at school. We must offer these young people support and understanding not ignorance and intolerance.
Minister Ruane cited gay group Cara-Friend as having an impact on her platform, but we think her haircut deserves at least a bit of credit. Oh, did we mention she’s a former tennis player? Too bad she’s straight, huh?
But, seriously, the difference between Robinson and Ruane couldn’t be more acute. The former called gay people “sinners,” while the other actually – gasp! – considers the same-sex lovers equal. Forget the gay guinea “gerbils” pigs, this could be children’s book. Let’s call it something simple, like Good v. Evil.