Former students accuse Hong Kong school of anti-gay sex education


hong-kong-christian-schoolHong Kong: The same Christian school in Hong Kong that banned gay teachers has used fear and scare tactics among its pupils to get them to abhor homosexuality, reveal former students.

The International Christian School (ICS) in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, sparked outrage earlier this month when international media reported how it demands its teachers sign a “morality contract” banning them from gay relationships and living together outside of marriage.

Now former students from the school reveal how sex education is taught, reports scmp.com.

“I was fourteen years old when I sat in my high school’s chapel, looking at a screen-projected photo of a sexually diseased penis. A mess of red, painful-looking, pus-filled spots, the infected organ was probably three feet in length across the projector screen.

“My fellow freshmen and I gasped, covering our mouths, some of us averting our eyes. Click. The next photo appeared, this time of a vagina with some equally grotesque STD – gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes – I can’t remember which one now. After a few more of these photos, the talk ended,” recounted a former student to scmp.com.

“The school didn’t offer much other than to dissuade us from engaging in any kind of sexual activity before marriage,” added the student who graduated from ICS in 2005.

“Homosexuality was very taboo. I have a friend and she was bisexual and was in a relationship with a girl. They definitely had to hide it. There was no one that was openly gay at our school,” said yet another former student of the school where fees range from HK$95,200 (US$12,265) to HK$129,300 per annum.

That raises questions about what effect a ban on homosexuality might have on students at the school that are gay, reported scmp.com.

Estimates from the US National Bureau of Economic Research say that 20 per cent of the world’s population is gay. Given that ICS enrolled just under 1,200 pupils for the 2013-14 school year, in all probability, 240 students at the school identify are homosexual,  scmp.com pointed out.

The school’s stand on same-sex relationships ignited a firestorm of controversy. A group of 35 alumni signed their names in a petition to the administration to express their disapproval of the policy.

On a closed Facebook group with more than 400 alumni members, essay after essay was posted arguing for either side.

One gay alumnus and former part-time teacher wrote: “We should not be raising kids to think that the way God made them is not whole, to say we love you but we hate when you act like who you are.”

Another posted: “It distresses me to see in many of the preceding conversations the tendency to equate conservative Christian views regarding homosexuality to hate, ignorance and bigotry, and love, openness and compassion with the opposing view.”

Openly gay David Poon who graduated in 2004 and now living in Toronto engaged to his partner says going through school was a difficult and less than positive experience because of his sexuality.

“The reason why I commented on this [Facebook] group was because I think that a lot people don’t recognize that there are higher incidents of suicide and mental health issues with LGBT youth,” said Poon. “LGBT people are humans as well and the things we say can hurt other people,” he added.

There are currently anti-discrimination laws in Hong Kong outlawing discrimination against people on the grounds of sex, race, disability or family status, but discrimination of gay people does not breach any existing laws.

Source: scmp.com

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