All of Us Resource

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The “All of Us” resource is a new program that has been developed by Minus 18 and Safe Schools Coalition Australia in order to “assist students’ understanding of gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics”.

This resource is specifically for year 7 and 8 students (typically 13-14 years old). It has also been approved by the Australian Government.

This resource contains a collection of short videos and associated teaching activities.  The videos are interviews of the experiences of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.  The students watch the videos and are then involved in a class activity/discussion around these interviews, further reinforced with student handouts.

The 8 lessons are as follows:

  1. Establish a Safe Space
  2. Same Sex Attracted Experiences
  3. Bisexual Experiences
  4. Transgender Experiences
  5. Intersex Experiences
  6. What Can I Do?
  7. Standing Out as an Ally
  8. A Safe School for All of Us.

The resource states that it is “designed to provide a visual framework to explain the difference between a person’s sex, gender, and sexual orientation”.  It explains that “common definitions of sexuality, gender and sex are often limited and, therefore, each handout presents more accurate definitions by showing that they exist on a spectrum rather than as absolute binaries”.

Lesson 2 is of particular concern as the teaching materials encourage students to become, or at least think about becoming sexually active, as indicated in the following comment, “Invite students to imagine themselves in the role of a young person who is aged 16 years or older and is going out with someone they are really into.”

In lesson 4, it states that gender is not only male and female but that it “exists outside this binary”.  “Sex is about the body you are born with (male, female, intersex), while gender is about your identity, or how you feel inside”.

The program, in lesson 6, describes ‘heteronormativity’ as something negative.  They state that “young people still grow up in a world that is widely heteronormative”, that heteronormativity leads to bullying of LGTBI people and therefore that “reducing heteronormativity in schools” is a good thing.

The assumptions made throughout the program are not backed by reputable research, are very confusing to young people and are pushing a radical sexual agenda that promotes homosexuality/pansexuality/bisexuality and the notion that being sexually active at their age is the norm.

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