A controversial Marxist lesbian academic who believes primary school children should choose their own gender claims half of all young people are gay.
Roz Ward, who until recently ran the Safe Schools Coalition gender theory program in Victoria, said same-sex attraction was more widespread than commonly believed.
‘It’s more like 40 to 50 per cent of young people who are not exclusively attracted to the opposite sex,’ she told a Pride Week event.
Safe Schools founder Roz Ward says up to 50 per cent of young people are same-sex attracted
However, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says only 0.7 per cent of couples in 2011 were gay
Her assertion is not supported by Census data, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting that only 0.7 per cent of couples – or just 33,714 people nationwide – in 2011 were gay.
Data from the 2016 Census is due for release later this year.
Ms Ward, who founded the controversial Safe Schools program, told a Victoria University event in Melbourne last month she had wanted to challenge so-called ‘heteronormativity’, The Australian reported.
She also described as ‘a joke’ the conclusion of American biologist Alfred Kinsey that 10 per cent of U.S. men were gay, in his seminal 1948 journal Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.
Roz Ward says the Safe Schools program she founded was designed to challenge so-called ‘heteronormativity’
Roz Ward described as a ‘joke’ American biologist Alfred Kinsey’s finding that 10 per cent of U.S. men were homosexual
The La Trobe University gender theory lecturer controversially admitted last year she had taught primary school pupils the idea they can choose their own gender.
The Safe Schools program she founded in 2010 included the idea that gender was a ‘non-binary’ or ‘fluid’ concept, as part of queer gender theory.
State governments from both sides of politics in New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have left the national Safe School program to develop their own anti-bullying programs.
The Safe Schools program had links to Minus 18, which showed a teenage girl binding her breasts
The federally-funded Safe Schools program has been plagued with accusations it is pushing radical gender theory since it was introduced in 2010.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a supporter of gay marriage, agreed to a review of the program in early 2016.
An earlier version of the program had featured links to a third party group, Minus 18, which showed a teenage girl binding her breasts.
Links to that group have since been removed from program material.
Safe Schools is now limited to high schools, after the review found the material was unsuitable for primary-school aged children.