YouTuber Lasizwe caused a stir on Twitter after posting about kids being taught queer awareness at school.
The “Fake It Till You Make It” star tweeted that kids should be taught about same-sex relationships from the age of seven.
“People who decided to go against making kids want to tell us how we should raise our sons and daughters. Continue doing your thing without telling us to teach our kids your values, you are against reproducing after all,” said @MrHandsome_ZA.
“You decided to be a gay dont force people to be your gender,” commented @Kgalekgale.
“I’m not homophobic but I wouldn’t want my child to learn about such… , sorry,” said @_ShaunKeyz.
“Gay people must have their own kids, and then teach them about homosexuality. Gay people must stay far away from our kids. U cant have your bread buttered on both sides,“ said @SgadlaSeNsizwa
While members of the LGBTQI+ community and allies spoke out against the homophobic remarks being made to Lasizwe’s post. And support the social media star’s sentiments.
“Indeed. Education and proper information helps create better societies,” said @Cleo04patra.
“Lasizwe said “lets teach kids about same sex love” and ignorant people read “let’s teach kids about same sex sex”, said @katlego_tefu
Following the backlash, Lasizwe addressed the overwhelming homophobic responses and said: “Why are we refusing to teach our children about homosexuality and same-sex love?
“I feel like it’s important for kids to understand that It’s okay for dad, uncle or brother to date or even marry the same gender without being judged or crucified for being themselves!”
He said he would be addressing LGBTQI+ education in his reality show on Monday.
Recently, the Western Cape Education Department embarked on introducing the first Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Guidelines.
MEC Lorraine Botha said “these guidelines will fill the gap left by the National Department of Basic Education, which sadly references LGBTQ+ people only twice across 38 textbooks in nine school subjects”.
If passed, the WCED’s guidelines will allow for the department to train pupils, management, teachers and governing bodies on the principles of gender and sexual diversity.
This comes after the outrage over the proposal regarding the introduction of LGBTQI+ education in South African schools as part of the national curriculum.