The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is fighting to keep a graphic sex-education program for children alive in Ontario. As Global News reports, the group charges that the new Conservative government is discriminating against LGBTQ members by ditching the largely discredited program that is opposed by a growing number of Ontario parents.
The learning material dwells on sexual issues like masturbation graphic descriptions of oral sex and homosexuality, as well as “gender identity theory,” which proposes the idea that sex is not determined by biology but self-definition. The president of Parents as First Educators, Tanya Granic Allen, told The Daily Caller Thursday the theory “is totally unscientific.” (RELATED: Ontario Government Could Punish Teachers Who Use Graphic Sex Ed Curriculum)
The association said Thursday news conference that it is challenging the government’s decision to repeal the Liberal-introduced sex-ed program and replace it with an interim course — until parents can be canvassed as to their thoughts and wishes.
The co-applicants in the case are Becky McFarlane, a parent who calls herself “queer,” and her 10-year-old.
CCLA Executive Director Michael Bryant called the government’s decision to change the curriculum based on parental advice “a ham-fisted dogwhistle of bigotry, of homophobia, dressed up as a consultation fix.”
He suggested the old program was designed to include non-heterosexual relationships and that the government is trying to exclude non-traditional families from the redesigned educational material.
“It’s as if they are the ‘others’, the unspoken others. And that’s a directive that discriminates against the LGBTQ community,” he said.