Our school just announced a "Rainbow Lounge- a safe place for LGBTQIA+ people, their friends and allies to come together." It implies that they are in danger- that's not a good message to give to little children. Why frighten them?

And I’m not sure that having a seperate space and inviting these kids, their friends and ALLIES is inclusive at all. The opposite of ally is enemy. So any kid not comfortable or not wanting to go in is an enemy.

I also know from a teacher at a government primary school that they’ve been told not to say “boys and girls” anymore but “Students”. So we have to use the wrong pronouns but aren't allowed to say 'boys and girls". This makes no sense.

I do relief teaching and a grade 3 girl said ‘I’m a girl and nobody’s going to tell me I’m not!’ I replied with ‘definitely, of course you’re a girl!’ She was angry that people were trying to confuse her.
So much damage is being done to young children and their confusion is terrible.
I also heard a boy at the same school saying that boys who marry boys can have babies because boys can give birth too!!!
What is the world coming to??
How can you know what is being hidden from you? I suspect my daughters school and TAFE hid things from me, making it virtually impossible to fulfil my responsibilities to her.
I know that no one checked any details with us before offering her emergency accommodation. She was not unsafe with us, and is welcome home.
What I believe was making her miserable was living a psychologically split life she could not reconcile. She is probably a typical combination of ASD, ADHD, depression, anxiety and a lesbian who was bullied every day of her schooling, first for being odd then for being suspected of being a lesbian. She was immersed in Tumblr, and suddenly has friends.
In choosing between reality with devastating loneliness and a fantasy with friends, she chose to be part of a social group that affirmed her. That is an understandable teenage development stage, to seek a group.
What is unforgivable is the fracturing of her from us as the price for that.
Now we know more, we assume she was encouraged to view us as enemies and not to be trusted. Or that to keep her place in her new world she claimed we were enemies so that no one would out her to us. Or both. Either way, people knew and they kept us in the dark.
We were found guilty of something with no knowledge it was happening, no chance to speak, to protect, to preserve, to defend. That tells me they are not interested in recognising how damaging it is to split a child from their family connections, or that they do know and it was part of a deliberate grooming technique to make her even more dependent on them.
This is happening in plain sight, by policy, by safeguarding professionals, it is unconscionable.