Scepticism as survey doubles teen same-sex attraction
The Australian, March 19, 2016
Sex education in schools is being dictated by activist-driven research projects aligned to gay and lesbian groups, resulting in the significant overstatement of the rates of same-sex attraction among young people and questionable claims about the degree of homophobia in the schoolyard.
The latest National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health, conducted by La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, claims that 16.8 per cent of 16-19-year-olds reported being attracted to the same sex.
The ARCSHS figure is more than double that cited in earlier incarnations of the report and more than four times higher than the number of same-sex-attracted people identified in the 2013 Australian Study of Health Relationships, the nation’s most comprehensive study of sex and relationships.
That study, which polled more than 20,000 people aged 16-69, reports that 3.3 per cent of men and 3.6 per cent of women describe themselves as being gay or bisexual.
The ARCSHS is the same group that spawned the Safe Schools program, which will be overhauled by the Turnbull government.
The large variations in the reported rates of same-sex attraction have attracted growing scepticism.