Gays and lesbians unnatural says school curriculum reviewer, Kevin Donnelly
Kevin Donnelly continues to stir the pot of homophobia and ignorance, with recent comments revealed by Fairfax Media showing Donnelly has a far from balanced approach when it comes to LGBTI people.
Recently appointed by Education Minister Christopher Pyne to perform a review of the National Curriculum, Donnelly has revealed he believes there is no place for teaching gender and sexual diversity in Australian schools.
Donnelly first revealed his opinions in a book written in 2004, Why Our Schools are Failing. The book was commissioned by the Liberal Party. In the book he describes gay, lesbian and transgender people as "unnatural" and suggests there is no need to discuss LGBTI relationships or sexuality in school health programs.
He criticised the Australian Education Union for suggesting safe-sex should be taught at school, as should information regarding LGBT relationships and he suggested only herteosexuals should be teaching sex education at schools.
Fairfax reports Donnelly wrote : ''The union argues that gays, lesbians and transgender individuals have a right to teach sex education … and that any treatment of sexual matters should be 'positive in its approach' and that school curricula should 'enhance understanding and acceptance of gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender people'.
''Forgotten is that many parents would consider the sexual practices of gays, lesbians and transgender individuals decidedly unnatural and that such groups have a greater risk in terms of transmitting STDs and AIDS.''
Previously the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby described Donnelley’s views as “dangerous, unprecedented, and unwarranted,”.
They also found his disregard of the importance of sex education for young people alarming.
“In our view, this approach undermines Australia’s historic response to HIV, and denies young Australians the ability to explore their sexual orientation in a safe, and supported, way," said GLRL convenor, Justin Koonin.