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There’s nothing like a bit of controversy and current events to kickstart constructive conversation. Seize the day and get talking with your kids about these recent news stories…

February was LGBT+ History Month! See CBBC Newsround’s 12 LGBT+  icons and What it means to “come out” plus this round-up of LGBT+ themed books for kids & teens

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Blue’s Clues declares “P is full of Pride” as the iconic kids’ show teaches the next generation about acceptance  |  Yahoo (12/2/21)

“Blue’s Clues & You (a reboot of the 90s Blue’s Clues kids’ TV series) just dropped its new Alphabet Song For Kids on YouTube. The video is inclusive, showing diversity of race, faith, disability and body type. The letter P is ‘full of Pride’ and shows trans, asexual, pansexual, bisexual, lesbian, intersex, gender-fluid and non-binary LGBT+ Pride flags”

TALKING POINT What differences will this make to young children? Read the article >

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LGBT+ History Month: What it means to “come out”  |  BBC News (9/12/21)

“LGBT+ History Month celebrates the history and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Coming out is when a person shares their sexuality and identity with others. Here 3 teens and 3 influential LGBT+ figures talk about what it was like for them. The teens said: ‘People treated me differently', ‘My dad had to process it a little but he’s completely fine with it’ and ‘I just told my parents that I like girls’”

TALKING POINT How might it feel to come out to friends? To family?  Read the article >

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Kmart applauded for new “girl toys” marketed towards boys  |  Kidspot (10/2/21)

 

“Kmart stores have used a boy on the box for traditionally female toys – first a vacuum and now a pushchair. But why should there be gender stereotypes with parent-themed toys? Shoppers wrote: ‘Learning how to care for his teddy, my son might become a nurse, a paediatrician or a great dad’, ‘My 3 boys had dolls and prams and they’re now wonderful with kids’ and ‘Many boys become fathers and need the same play as girls’”


TALKING POINT What do you think of boys playing with “girl” toys?  Read the article >

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Jen Gunter Calls Out Vagisil For Marketing “Predatory” Teen Line  |  HuffPost (8/2/21)

“Vagina Bible author Dr Jen Gunter tweeted: ‘Hey @vagisil going to call you out here for this predatory line of products aimed at teen girls. Why do you think teen vulvas need special cleaning?’ … ‘It’s a vulva, not a creamsicle’ She said these products are ‘like cigarettes for the vagina, perpetuating the idea that there’s a problem with your normal, human smell. Because, does a boy’s scrotum smells like puppy paws? It doesn’t’

TALKING POINT What feelings do these products give girls/women?  Read the article >

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Being a Mom to a Boy Made Me Recognize a Double Standard in Body Positivity  |  PopSugar (8/2/21)

“As my 7-year-old begins to notice his body and those of men around him and in pop culture (god-like movie stars in the form of superheroes and villains), he has few role models who promote an image that looks like him. He talks about his ’squishy’ stomach and calls himself ‘chubby’. Having a ‘six-pack’ (he uses that term) is the be-all end-all”

TALKING POINT What’s it like for boys to have a six-pack as an ideal?  Read the article>

And finally: to discuss…

“Having been fascinated by her mother’s clothes, comedian Eddie Izzard was intrigued when a new family moved to their area and a boy wore his sister’s dress. ‘I must have been four or five, and there was laughter, mocking. I remember thinking: that sounds pretty good to me, I’d be quite happy to be a girl, what’s going on there?

Language can change over the years. I am gender fluid, I do seem to be a mixture, but I’m now based in girl mode as a trans woman. And now that pronouns have come out [it] feels like a promotion. I’m very happy with that.

I think being trans is just built in’”

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