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February 1, 2000
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CHILDREN'S HOMOSEXUAL SEX VIDEO CONDEMNED

    LONDON (CWNews.com) - A teaching packet which encourages students as young as 14 to try homosexual sex has outraged MPs and family campaigners in Britain and the government is being urged to step in and block it.

    "Beyond a Phase" -- produced by the Avon health authority using taxpayers money -- includes a video which asks schoolchildren to discuss if the hypothetical "15-year-old-boy Michael" should have unprotected sex with his boyfriend. "Michael knows he should use a condom," says the commentary, "but doesn't know where to go for help. What should he do?"

    In another scene, "college student Karl" tells the audience they should "try experimenting with both boys and girls to see who you feel most comfortable with."

    The film, already available in 180 schools, is being cited by campaigners as a prime example of why Section 28 -- the law which forbids the promotion of homosexuality -- should be retained.

    Valerie Riches, of the Family and Youth Campaign group, told The Sunday Times: "This puts concepts and activities into the minds of youngsters they would not normally think about."

    A spokesman for Avon health authority said: "We have reviewed Beyond a Phase and in our view it treats a difficult subject with great sensitivity. Local teachers consider it a valuable resource and we fully support its use in schools."

          

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