Schools in Oz barred from show­ing gay film

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A film about chil­dren with same­sex par­ents has been barred from be­ing shown in public schools through­out Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lous state, de­spite the doc­u­men­tary mak­ers Thurs­day in­sist­ing stu­dents will ben­e­fit.

“Gayby Baby,” which chron­i­cles four chil­dren grow­ing up with gay par­ents, was due to be shown in high schools in New South Wales as part of the stu­dent-led Wear it Pur­ple ini­tia­tive on Fri­day, which pro­motes di­ver­sity and in­clu­sive­ness.

But af­ter front-page cov­er­age in the Syd­ney Daily Tele­graph this week, state Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­drew Pic­coli pulled the plug, at least in school hours.

“I have di­rected the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to en­sure the film is not shown dur­ing school hours,” he said, in a move backed by state Premier Mike Baird.

“I un­der­stand the in­tent of that is to pro­vide an ex­am­ple of tol­er­ance and that’s some­thing I ab­so­lutely sup­port,” Baird told re­porters.

“Should it be in class time? No, I don’t think so. Should it be op­tional? Yes, I do think so.”

The Tele­graph re­ported some par­ents were an­gry their daugh­ters had to watch the film, rated PG, or not rec­om­mended for un­der 15 years, but the doc­u­men­tary’s di­rec­tor Maya Newell, a for­mer stu­dent at one of the schools due to screen it, said the re­ac­tion was overblown.

“We firmly be­lieve our film has pos­i­tive ben­e­fits for all stu­dents and we’re com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the schools who are cel­e­brat­ing Wear it Pur­ple Day,” she said on Face­book.

“Cre­at­ing in­clu­sive class­room and valu­ing fam­ily di­ver­sity pro­motes stu­dent well­be­ing and ac­cep­tance of dif­fer­ence.

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