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  • Hello lovely people!

  • Funnily enough, I had a completely different video planned for today but as you may have

  • seen from my Twitter-

  • If you're not already following me on Twitter, my handle is @JessicaOOTC, which stands for

  • JessicaOutOfTheCloset- which is my Instagram name. Because: Gay. And Fashion... Mainly

  • Gay.

  • As you may have seen on my Twitter, my last video, looking at historical inaccuracies

  • in the recent film Mary Queen of Scots, was demonetised for content.

  • Content that you're taught when you're about eight.

  • In a classroom. In school.

  • But no, history is just too exciting for youtubeor some such tosh.

  • (That means 'rubbish' in British)

  • I'd say it's pretty safe content but I don't get to make the rules, I just have

  • to live by them and then mass email YouTube to complain about it. I'm thorough that

  • way.

  • If you'd like to lend a hand in this situation, and believe that it is indeed 'tosh' please

  • (A) complain to youtube and (B) consider buying a piece of my merch, because it's adorable

  • and I have bills to pay.

  • - limited edition 'some such tosh' merch available until the 25th of May, terms and

  • conditions apply, I'm joking there are no terms and conditions, it just sounds fancy.

  • Speaking of the demonetisation of educational content and misguided adults overreacting

  • about what children's brains can deal with… I decided to hell with it, let's make another

  • video that is likely to get hit:

  • 'Why LGBTQ+ relationships should be taught in schools.'

  • If you disagree with that statement, keep watching to the end becauseyou'll get

  • chocolate. And it's important to hear different points of view.

  • Despite being a disabled AND gay content creator, I don't often get hit with the 'not suitable

  • for all advertisers' stick. I generally keep my channel and social medias 'family

  • friendly', both because (1) this Britishness is not an act, I am this much of a Victorian

  • in real life, I don't swear and I don't like talking about downstairs things and (2)

  • As someone who knew I was very gay from a very young age I think it's vital that there

  • is content out there that is accessible for baby queers. As a child I desperately wanted

  • to be able to see gay content that wasn't based on sex or physical intimacy-

  • Or weird tense lesbian relationships where the new bad girl at school corrupts the other

  • one with all of her sexual prowess and eyeliner and then someone has to die.

  • Just like straight kids enjoy cute, innocent portrayals of disney princes and princesses

  • who meet, get married and only then kiss for the first time yet say 'ew' when they

  • see adults kissing… I wanted a cute, innocent portrayal of two princesses who go on adventures

  • together, get married and kiss once-

  • And no one dies!

  • 'Sexuality' does not equal 'sex' 'Homosexuality' does not equal 'oh my

  • god, explicit, why is everyone naked?!'

  • Which brings us to the main problem we're talking about today: the thought that even

  • the idea of LGBTQ+ people existing is too 'mature' to be talked about in schools.

  • Because, obviously, people don't become gay or trans until their 18th birthday(!)

  • At midnight. On the dot.

  • And gay parents don't exist(!) We're gay, then we have kids, and we become asexual until

  • the 18th birthday of our youngest child. At midnight. On the dot.

  • No wait, asexuals are on the rainbow spectrum!

  • Darn!

  • Ruined!

  • This is currently what we call 'a drama' in England following protests by parents at

  • Parkfield Primary School in Birmingham over the 'No Outsiders' project, which teaches

  • tolerance of diverse groups.

  • Let me repeat that for you: it teaches tolerance of diverse groups.

  • It's not sex education. It's nothing to do with sex. It merely teaches that minority

  • groups exist and that's okay.

  • As part of this project, pupils are taught about the positive values of diversity, tolerance

  • and acceptance, in a wide-ranging curriculum encompassing LGBT+ rights, same-sex relationships,

  • gender identity, race and religion.

  • Hilariously however, parents decided to protest this with signs reading 'say no to no outsiders'.

  • Um….

  • So 'say yes to exclusion'?

  • So you're okay with a child being ostracised because of their sexuality, gender identity

  • or evenrace?

  • You might argue differently but that's what you're saying.

  • You're saying that isolating a child, putting them in the corner, bullying them, is fine

  • if they are a minority. It's fine to do that to a child who is not white, it's fine

  • to do that to a child who is not straight, it's fine to do that to a child who is not

  • Christian.

  • Tension between the parents and the school were escalated when local Labour MP Shabana

  • Mahmood intervened and appeared to side with parents opposing the lessons for religious

  • reasons.

  • - again, all these lessons are saying is that gay people exist and you shouldn't hit them.

  • Tory MP Andrea Leadsom then got involved and said it wasabsolutely rightfor parents

  • to be able to withdraw their children up to a certain age from LGBT+ classes as parents

  • should get to decide when their childrenbecome exposed to that information”.

  • Exposed.

  • Exposed?

  • Exposed?!

  • I didn't realise my gayness was nuclear radiation but now I do I'm hoping it gives

  • me a cool mutant power! Like the ability to turn everything sparkly around me.

  • What Leadsom's words 'expose' is how little understanding there is of what the

  • queer existance is about. Spoiler: not just genitals.

  • I love my wife. I love my wife like a straight girl loves her husband. That love is not 'different'

  • or 'weird' or 'hypersexualised'. It's just love. Love is pure, and it's beautiful

  • and it's harmless. When we have children they will be born from that love and they

  • will feel as securely, warmly adored as if they had a mum and a dad because there is

  • absolutely no difference.

  • But Andrea Leadsom doesn't think that small children should see that love?

  • I guess what she's trying to say is that, in order to be a good parent, the second my

  • wife gives birth I must hand her divorce papers, move out and love her from afar but not talk

  • to her until our child is a legal adult. At which point we are allowed to get remarried

  • and be happy togetherprobably until we become grandparents. When we'll have to

  • get divorced againuntil our grandchild is 18. Wow. This is going to be a lot of legal

  • work here, Andrea. I hope you've taken that into consideration… (!)

  • Whilst the parents who protested the lessons are Muslim, Leadsom's weighing in shows

  • that this isn't an issue confined to any one faith. And also that faith isn't an

  • excuse. You don't get to hit someone and then sayoh, it's okay, you can't tell

  • me off for that, my religion doesn't like that person.”

  • (despite what history says)

  • We can't call this a 'culture war' and say that it's just people with a different

  • ethnic background who are confused about inclusivity in this country, because there are plenty

  • of ethnically British people who are intolerant too.

  • Just saying.

  • Intolerance thrives across society.

  • Actually, no, it's not just intolerance, it's homophobia.

  • If you are uncomfortable with your child learning about the existence of LBGTQ+ people, you

  • are being homophobic.

  • That's it.

  • Every single classroom in this country has some LGBTQ+ pupils and likely some same-sex

  • or trans parents too. Fact.

  • Not talking about LGBT+ people doesn't make those people disappear. All it does is shame

  • people, damage their mental health, stigmatise children and encourage bullying.

  • There is always that child in the class whom you know is gay. Always. Doesn't matter

  • how old the children are. It's not necessarily because they fit a certain stereotype it's

  • just… a thing you can tell. And it's a thing the other children can tell- come on,

  • you remember. You don't know WHY that child is different, you don't know HOW you can

  • tellyou just know. And so do the bullies. How is a teacher meant to protect that child

  • if even mentioning sexuality is an issue?

  • This protest is a reminder of the fragility of the rights we've fought so hard for,

  • given that a vocal minority can take them away so quickly. It is a little signal that

  • goes off in my head to say 'nope, you're not safe. Always remember you're not safe.'

  • And that's ridiculous. This is the twenty first century. But I will always feel that

  • tiny bit of fear.

  • I only hope that the generations beneath me don't. I didn't learn about homosexuality

  • in primary school. At all. If kids talked about it in class it was hushed up by a teacher

  • and thus made even more taboo.

  • I was taught to respect different cultures at school. I was taught to respect different

  • religions. But that didn't make me Jamaican, that didn't make me Hindu.

  • Learning about straight people in school did not turn me straight. Clearly. Do you honestly

  • think your child is so suggestible that they could become gay just by learning about gay

  • people? Are you saying your child is stupid or are you just admitting that you've done

  • a terrible job as a parent?

  • Because, if you're THIS worried, I'm concerned it's the second one.

  • You should seek counseling for these feelings.

  • Why am I talking to the parents? They're the least important people in this whole mess!

  • The most important people are the children, all of the children, not just the queer ones

  • either. From these lessons heterosexual children learn that gay people are nothing to be scared

  • of. Learning about different types of people does nothing but enrich minds and make you

  • a better person. The longer this information is kept from children, the more taboo it becomes.

  • Our world is dominated by heterosexuality. LGBT+ children deserve to be told that they

  • aren't shameful. Saying nothing- doing nothing to help that is a form of neglect.

  • So, to the those children (even if you're a big kid now):

  • You are wonderful, you are valid, you're only as 'alternative' as you choose to

  • be. You deserve all of the love that is waiting for you. If you feel alone right now please

  • know that you have a supportive community out here and we can help you. There are millions

  • of people around the world just like you, who are feeling all of your feelings, you

  • are never alone and you never will be alone. We're right beside you and you are strong

  • enough to make it through. I'm proud of you.

  • And now I've made myself cry

  • Just remember, if anyone tells you you're not 'age appropriate' due to being gay,

  • it's: TOSH.

  • [available from the link in the description]

  • Thank you for watching this most likely age-restricted and demonetised video.

  • I'll see you on Friday.

  • [kiss]

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