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YOU invited responses on whether homophobia in schools was natural.

I dread to think how this is discussed in schools.

I don’t believe anybody is born homosexual but feel that they take on this behaviour due to things that happen to them when they are growing up.

I personally think that when people come out of the closet, they should actually deal with their homosexuality, rather like somebody who declares themselves an alcoholic.

There was a study that said people abused in their childhoods were seven times more likely to become a homosexual.

By accepting homosexuality as normal behaviour, we are covering over sexual abuse of some kind.

That the establishment is trying to brainwash us into thinking homosexual behaviour is acceptable, makes me very upset.

God made us male and female for a reason and that wish should be respected.

Tim

This raises the question of what can be done to discourage homophobia in schools.

The reality is that assemblies and lessons on the topic aren’t going to be taken seriously.

If you bring together a group of teenagers and start talking to them about sexuality you’re either going to get crude jokes or mortified embarrassment.

Certainly the use of the word gay as a casual slur needs to be discouraged but the fact is that very few schoolchildren will ever have reason to be dealing with the issue.

As a sixth former in a school of nearly 2,000 there was one girl in sixth form who was out and as far as I’m aware has never been a victim of direct homophobia, although I’d imagine there are some who don’t take her claims seriously.

Unless people find a way to discuss teenage sexuality in a way that is actually going to be listened to by youngsters, this isn’t an issue that can be dealt with.

Emily Rushworth

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