Excuse me, but this is just rude.
Eighteen mothers of gay children have called on the education bureau in Hangzhou near Shanghai, China to withdraw just published booklets which list ways parents can ‘prevent homosexuality’.
The booklet, Parents Please Walk Your Children Through Puberty, describes homosexuality as a type of ‘sexual deviance’ and says (as translated by Shanghaiist):
‘Because homosexuals are not accepted by prevailing social customs and moral standards, they tend to be anti-social and eccentric… Preventing homosexuality requires a good social environment.’
The mothers’ letter says that this description does not match the Chinese Psychological Society and the World Health Organization’s definitions of homosexuality.
‘As parents, we understand our children,’ the letter reads. ‘Our children are gay, but they are not eccentric or weird. They care for the young, are inquisitive, motivated and self-disciplined. They are no different from ordinary people in their outlook on life and morality.’
The letter emphasizes that the booklet not only provides parents and children with the wrong information, but it encourages prejudice and discrimination and may cause children ‘inner conflict and mental damage’.
(To read more: Chinese Parent Gay Pervention Article)