As a middle-aged woman who grew up in an extremely religious area of the Fraser Valley, I’ve had to watch many of my friends, both “straight” (if that even exists) and LGBTQ+ have to struggle for puberty, being told that the changes, cravings and questions about their body and personal preferences (sexually speaking) were shameful and unseemly, unnatural even.
They were frightened and/or punished and humiliated for their curiosity about their bodies and the feelings generated by that body, by hypocritical and backward-looking “adults” who had undoubtedly gone through their own hellish puberty. They were filled with shame because that’s what adults fill their heads with.
I am so proud that our schools are now creating an environment where children of all ages feel safe to explore the questions that lie in their minds, often at an early age. As puberty approaches, they enter it armed and equipped with knowledge about sex and how best to stay safe and feel confident and included in the colorful tapestry that makes up human and even animal sexuality. science has proven that homosexuality is widespread in everything species of life on this planet and denying it is as unnatural as trying to indoctrinate children into thinking this planet is only 5,000 years old.
The teens are going to have sex whether Barry Neufeld and his ilk like it or not.
Some children will prefer to have sex with other children of the same gender or children who identify with a gender that they were unfortunately not born with due to random genetic coding that started in the womb. If it makes him uncomfortable talking about it as a supposedly educated man, then he needs to step aside and make room for someone who looks to the future that our children face rather than to try to push them back to a time when the world mistakenly believed in two neat little boxes with a pink or blue label stamped on their brains.
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