Gay Mothers and Early Childhood Education: Standing Tall (Report) Gay Mothers and Early Childhood Education: Standing Tall (Report)

Gay Mothers and Early Childhood Education: Standing Tall (Report‪)‬

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 2010, March, 35, 1

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Introduction NEW ZEALAND HAS LEGISLATION (1) intended to protect queer (2) people from oppression; however, research shows that gays and lesbians face discrimination in this country. A recent poll by the Human Rights Commission claimed that 54 per cent of New Zealanders had witnessed discrimination against gay and lesbian people (Collins, 2008). The Lavender Island survey in 2004 found that 18.2 per cent of gay and 9.2 per cent of lesbian respondents had been physically attacked, while 66 per cent of lesbians and more than 75 per cent of gay men had been subject to verbal abuse (Henrickson, 2005). Details of a 2007 survey of 1202 New Zealanders revealed that 22.3 per cent would not want to have homosexual people living next door to them (Australian Associated Press, 2007). High school social events, such as school balls, have recently been highlighted as extremely unsafe events for non-heterosexual students. The New Zealand Herald reports that some schools bar entry to gay partners and four Auckland schools insist that gay students who wish to take a partner to a ball sign a contract stating they are homosexual (Rushworth, 2008). Practices that single out gay students for unjust treatment can contribute to, and magnify, the sense of shame and uncertainty young people experience about being perceived as different. It is suspected that high rates of suicide can be attributed to issues relating to homophobia and homosexual bullying in Australia (Ferfolja & Robinson, 2004) and this is likely to be paralleled in New Zealand.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2010
March 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
25
Pages
PUBLISHER
Early Childhood Australia Inc. (ECA)
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
211.4
KB

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