It’s thirteen years since the Tories were thrown out of office and the Labour Party swept to power. On the eve of the 2010 UK general election, Narvel Annable cautions against being too negative about their achievements.
This Labour Government has achieved many advances for equality. Lesbians and gay men must not be too disheartened by the recent concession to allow faith schools to tailor their sex-education lessons to their own beliefs.
Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, tells us that religious schools will not be allowed to teach homophobia. Who is he kidding? We are not stupid! After giving way to canting Bishops, Archbishops and Catholics, it will be “business as usual” for some reactionary bigots.
Education is supposed to benefit the child, but some medieval minds will exploit this loophole in the Children, Schools and Families Bill. They will continue to teach that homosexuality is a sin, continue to distress gay pupils, thus making sure that their education supports the church rather than the child. In doing so, homophobes continue to peddle their poison, giving a green light to gay bashers, murder-music rappers and any number of evil elements who have oppressed 10 per cent of the population for centuries.
That said – take heart! We are on the march! In just a few years, many high-profile lesbian, gay and bisexual figures have come out to prove that sexuality does not have to be a barrier to success. Gareth Thomas did it. He plays rugby in a man’s world – a macho world. He is proud to be out. He is glad to be gay. He is now a positive role model for children and adults like me. Millions will follow his excellent example.
The “House of Homophobia”, like a house of cards, is fast falling. We are winning
Narvel Annable is an author of fiction and non-fiction books and a writer of historical and educational articles. His first non-fiction work was Miss Calder’s Children, and his novels include Death on the Derwent and Scruffy Chicken.
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Narvel Annable (official website)
Homophobic Bullying Survey (Puffta.)