All Of Us is a federally-funded teaching resource for children in Years 7 and 8 that aims to increase Australian students’ understanding and awareness of gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics.
Launched this week with much hoop-la, it was developed by Safe Schools Coalition Australia, which campaigns against homophobic bullying, and Minus18, “Australia’s largest youth led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth”.
Although parents are practically invisible in the “All Of Us” material, some of them might be interested in a poster which is being distributed by Minus 18 for use in schools.
There are a number of other posters, too, with messages like: “I don’t mind if you’re straight, just don’t flaunt it in public“, “You’re cis?. So what do you have down there?”, and “When are you going to tell your parents you’re straight?”
Quite a few children might feel shamed or intimidated by messages from their school that ridicule heterosexual affection. In other words, they might feel bullied. But “All Of Us” is an anti-bullying program. Go figure.
Michael Cook is editor of MercatorNet.