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Sex ed lobby misusing study to push gender theory, says parents' group

28 September 2015

The sex education lobby is misusing a new study in order to push gender theory, according to which a child's gender may be different from their sex as male or female. The charge has been made against the Sex Education Forum (SEF) by Safe at School, a group which represents parents' concerns about sex education.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal (see Notes for Editors below), looked at three national surveys into sex education over the past 20 years.

Antonia Tully, national coordinator of Safe at School said: "The Sex Education Forum is pushing 'gender theory' in schools in order to promote same-sex relationships and to prompt children to question their gender.

"What this study really shows is the extent to which parents have been undermined as the primary educators of their children in sexual matters. Sex education in schools has undercut the role of parents, to the extent that between 1990 and 2012 the proportion of young people citing school as their main source of information increased from 28.2% to 40.3%.

"Neither primary nor secondary schools are under any legal obligation to introduce the gender issue into sex education lessons. The government has not accepted a recommendation from the House of Commons Education Committee to make sex education compulsory. Safe at School is a campaign of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).

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