Don’t let the Gov. Use Your Money to fund ‘sexuality, queerness and difference’ lessons for preschool children in Scotland
You, the tax payer, could well be funding a project which encourages children in Scotland to explore “queerness” and question whether they are a boy or a girl.
Imaginate – a performing arts group subsidised by the Scottish Government and the European Union – have commissioned an “artistic research project” called ‘Gendersaurus Rex’, exploring how ‘gender, feminism, sexuality, queerness and difference’ can be incorporated into live performance for children.
The project is being led by controversial performance artist Eilidh MacAskill, who believes that “patriarchy” and “heteronormativity” are “destroying children’s lives”. She works with children between the ages of two and five.
In an article explaining ‘Gendersaurus Rex’, she states: “It’s about making work that can speak directly to the gender-variant child, the queer child, the homosexual child, the cis-gendered child who might feel constrained by the expectations inherent in being a girl or a boy."
MacAskill argues that “the norm is patriarchal, sexist, white and body-conformist” and calls for “some diversity”, complaining that there is a lack of “non-hetero-normative lives in our children’s theatre”.
"It’s about using the power of art as a place to question, subvert, hide from, muddy, invert and take refuge from the oppression of every day life."
On hearing about the project, one parent told the Daily Express: “The very idea that someone can access my child to put these ideas into their heads is frankly horrifying."
“I absolutely object to this and the fact that the public is funding it is sickening.”
The Scottish Government denies that it is funding the project. However, the Imaginate website states that the Scottish Government is one of its major funders.
In March the Scottish Government Edinburgh Festival's Expo Fund was announced by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs.
Their press release stated: "Imaginate Platforms will be a celebration and showcase of Scottish-based artists who consistently create work of a world class standard for children and young people."
According to a press release the programme received £89,700.
Of course it should go without saying that people who experience any sort of difficulty with their gender-identity or sexuality have the same inherent dignity as all other persons and should be treated accordingly. The propagating of this ideology to children however is an attack on the role of parents as the educators of their own children and it should not be funded by the taxpayer.
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Stop taxpayer money funding ‘sexuality, queerness and difference’ lessons for preschool children in Scotland