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New South Wales bans gay parenting documentary in schools

New South Wales bans gay parenting documentary in schools

Gayby Baby follows four children of same-sex parents.

A documentary about gay parenting has been banned in schools in Australia’s most populous state.

The New South Wales education minister, Adrian Piccoli, Wednesday (26 August) issued a memo to principals, ordering them not to show Gayby Baby during school hours so as ‘to not impact on the delivery of planned lessons.’

The ban comes after Piccoli intervened to stop Burwood Girls High in Sydney from screening the film on Friday following complaints from parents.

State Premier Mike Baird backed the move.

‘I understand the intent of that is to provide an example of tolerance and that’s something I absolutely support,’ he said.

‘Should it be in class time? No, I don’t think so. Should it be optional? Yes, I do think so.’

Up to 50 schools across Australia, including 20 in New South Wales, had planned to simultaneously screen the film for the nationwide Wear it Purple day, on which the color is worn to celebrate LGBTI youth.

Gayby Baby follows four children of same-sex parents and has been nominated for best documentary at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

The filmmakers responded to the ban on Twitter:

Watch the trailer for Gayby Baby below: