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eryn_smiles
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/14/malaysia-seminars-spot-gay-children?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

Reading this article made me feel sad and angry that a group of teachers would agree to something like this. Of all people, I would expect educators to understand how important it is to support vulnerable young people instead of spreading ridiculous false prejudiced ideas.

And then I read the racist and Islamophobic comments about Malaysians underneath and that makes me angry too. Because I feel that most Muslim people, particularly in my generation, don't hold homophobic ideas. My Malaysian friends have been nothing but kind and accepting of my sexual orientation. And of course, there are many queer Muslim people and this kind of garbage just makes it more unsafe for them to be open about either aspect of their identity.

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If it makes you feel better, a lot of people I know (or at least, when I heard people talk about it) laugh at this [Smile]

Theres also the fact that teachers usually only see kids in uniforms. We weren't allowed to wear anything else [Razz]

At home, parents will always be parents, imo. What they think about their kids, will not change easily, seminar about supporting queer or not. My own mother balked when I asked her about what she'd do if I turned out to be a lesbian XD That was years ago. I doubt her views will change now, even if I get an expert to talk to her =/

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