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JFLAG survey finds Jamaicans don't want their children taught by gays

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 4:12 PM
Almost 80 per cent of the public signalled that they would be uncomfortable if their child's teacher was gay or lesbian.

A study conducted by the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) shows that Jamaicans would be uncomfortable with their children being taught by gay and lesbian teachers.

The study, entitled Awareness, Attitude & Perception Survey about Issues Related to Same Sex Relationships was undertaken in 2015.

It sampled members of the general public, politicians and employers who gave their perceptions of same sex unions and practices.

Almost 80 per cent of the public signalled that they would be uncomfortable if their child's teacher was gay or lesbian.

The politicians who were interviewed showed the same level of discomfort.

Almost 60 percent expressed that they would be uncomfortable with both gay and lesbian teachers for their children.

The study also showed that Jamaicans do not want their children in the company of gays.

Almost 60 per cent of the general public said they would prevent their children from having gay friends, 43 per cent of employers said the same and almost 50 per cent of the politicians objected to gay peers for their children.

Despite the intolerance of gays in the education system and within peer groups, the survey showed that some Jamaicans have a willingness to love their gay children the same as their heterosexual children.

Of the three groups of people who were interviewed, politicians and employers said they would allow their gay children around their heterosexual children.

However over 40 per cent of the general public indicated that they would not allow their gay children to interact with their heterosexual children.