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Police force invites young schoolchildren to write essays on homosexuality.

I read something like this and usually ask, what next? But not this time. This time I wanna ask,

W H Y ?

OH RIGHT. I FORGOT.  IT’S FOR THE KIDS AND FOR DIVERSITY.

A police force is asking young schoolchildren to write an essay offering their thoughts on homosexuality and transsexuality.

By Nick Britten
Last Updated: 5:34PM GMT 10 Feb 2009

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Kent Police, which recently shot up the ranks as one of the most ”gay oddball-friendly employers in Britain”, said it was organising the essay competition to increase awareness about diversity.

The force, which is taking part in the annual month-long celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, is inviting under 14s to write the essay entitled “All different, same respect”.

Pupils will be asked what the slogan of the LGBT’s history month “means to them”.

Winners of the essay prize will be awarded a £25 book token and a Kent police shield.

The essay writing competition also has a 15 to 17 category and an 18-plus section.

There is also a category for Kent Police staff.

Ann Widdecombe, Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald, said: “I would have thought the police had other things to worry about, like catching burglars.

“Why don’t they get kids to write an essay on combating crime. It strikes me as an extraordinary waste of police resources.”

A spokesman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness said she felt “police can get a bit obsessed about this sort of thing.”

She said: “It’s all part of a bigger picture and we wouldn’t say anything if there was just, for instance, one event a month.

“But a whole lot together is a bit much. You have to ask, what effective good does this sort of thing actually do?”

Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive at the TaxPayers Alliance said: “While this initiative is no doubt well-intentioned, the job of the police is to fight crime, not run essay competitions or organise dances with a politically correct agenda.

“It is a question of spending priorities, and all available resources should be put into frontline policing.”

Kent County Council is backing the celebration and is putting on an exhibition at county hall along with a seminar to explain the history of the LGBT movement, a quiz and dinner dance.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “We are holding a series of events throughout February including an essay writing competition which has four categories. It’s not just for kids, it is for adults as well.”

The force has been recognised as one of the most gay queer-friendly employers in Britain, according to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2009, which researches attitudes towards sexuality. This year it ranked fourth, up 22 places from last year.

Psst. Hey, kid.


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