Debbie Hayton Debbie Hayton

Stonewall’s worrying school guidance

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Stonewall’s ‘Diversity Champions’ programme appears to have been haemorrhaging members since an investigation by the university of Essex found that the organisation had been preaching ‘Stonewall Law’ rather than the actual law.

But it is not only corporations, councils and government departments who have been persuaded to part with good money to receive questionable advice. Stonewall’s similarly named ‘Schools and Colleges Champion Programme’ seems to have sucked places of education into the charity’s web as well. As a teacher I know how tight school budgets have become in recent years, but it seems that several schools have still found money to hand over to Stonewall.

The sums are not trivial. A large comprehensive is asked to part with £550 every year to become a Stonewall education champion, a small village primary £150. As well as branding and logos, the schools champions scheme comes with training – which parents and teachers should certainly be aware of.

One of the charity’s booklets, which is designed to support teachers, is called an Introduction to Supporting LGBT Children and Young People. But do youngsters need to be labelled with an acronym? Children are children. In time they will mature into adults. Most will then be sexually attracted to the opposite sex but some to their own sex and some to both. In 21st century Britain, most people understand that without Stonewall pointing it out.

Since Stonewall now defines homosexuality as attraction to the same gender – not sex – it’s not clear that the charity knows what it means to be gay or lesbian anymore. They have been captured by gender ideology – that men and women are differentiated not by their sex but by so-called gender identity – and they are taking it into our schools.

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