Stonewall boss wants pro-gay books in all preschools

Ruth Hunt, the new head of homosexual lobby group Stonewall, says she wants to put pro-gay storybooks into all preschools.

In what she described as a “radical” campaign, “a suite of books that celebrates difference in all its forms” could be commissioned by the group for under-fives.

Stonewall has previously produced a pack for schools which backed books such as And Tango Makes Three, which is about a penguin chick raised by two male penguins.

Two mums

Speaking to The Independent, Hunt spoke about her hopes for preschool books.

She said: “I really want to commission – and this is something we’ve got to talk about as an organisation – a suite of books that celebrates difference in all its forms for under-fives.

“With different families in it but also mixed-race people and sent into every preschool setting. That will take time too.

Radical campaign

“But that is possibly one of the most radical campaigns we could do.”

“Loads of kids these days have two mums or two dads – or at least gay uncles and aunts”, she claimed.

She also praised David Cameron for introducing same-sex marriage, commenting: “You can’t underestimate the importance of marriage at shifting social attitudes and it was incredibly brave of Cameron to pursue that. He didn’t have to.”

King and King

Hunt was announced as Chief Executive at the end of July, having previously been Deputy Chief Executive. She lives with her civil partner in London.

Her predecessor Ben Summerskill had held the post for eleven years.

In 2011 it emerged that a teacher training pack produced by Stonewall had been sent to primary schools.

The pack encouraged pro-homosexual storybooks such as The Sissy Duckling and a book about two princes who fall in love and live happily ever after as King and King.

It also suggested that primary schoolchildren could act out such books as school plays.

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