Published: April 23, 2022
During a sex-ed class in a Calgary school, the guest speaker advised a Grade 8 classroom against sex with animals and encouraged gender-bending to make students more comfortable.
Connect Charter school in Lakeview had Calgary’s Centre for Sexuality run their sex-ed classes throughout February and March.
A Grade 8 student, who wishes to remain anonymous, came home to share with family what was said in the class, then told the story to the Western Standard.
Employees from the centre teach the classes and cover their own curriculum which has additions from the Alberta curriculum guidelines.
Topics of consent, safe sex, pronouns, gender-switching and STI testing were prominent in discussions.
One student asked if humans and animals had ever reproduced together.
Students were told sexual intercourse with animals is wrong because animals cannot give informed verbal consent, the family said.
The topic of discussion did not include an explanation of what bestiality is or the laws against such acts.
Students were also encouraged to experiment with their pronouns and try out different ones in order to see what’s comfortable.
The 13-year-old Grade 8 student told the Western Standard they thought the events around bestiality and pronouns were “hilarious and dumb.”
The students were also told they could come to the Centre for Sexualities’ downtown office for free STD testing and free condoms.