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Sex Education and Gay Rights Row in Iceland on BBC

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Sex Education and Gay Rights Row in Iceland on BBC

Reykjavík Pride 2014.

During Reykjavík Pride in 2014. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Hafnarfjörður recently become the first municipality in Iceland to include instruction about homosexuality in sex education. Musician Gylfi Ægisson caused outrage when commenting on Facebook that people should “protect the children” from “the indoctrination … by small but loud pressure groups.” Now the row has caught the attention of the BBC.

“We could really sense the need ... to speak up against Gylfi and other people who share his views,” general manager of LGBT rights organization Samtökin ’78 Árni Grétar Jóhannsson told the BBC. “That’s why we created this platform and hijacked some of the things he said.”

Over the past week several thousand people have used #verndumbornin (‘protect the children’—against Gylfi), #hinseginleikinn (‘queer reality’) and related hashtags, fairly big numbers in a country of around 320,000 people, the BBC points out.

Others have come to Gylfi’s defense, stating that he has the right to express his opinion, asking whether he may be a victim of hate speech instead of being guilty of practicing it.

Yesterday, during the protest action #OccupySaga, people called radio station Útvarp Saga to protect the station’s discrimination against minority groups, including LGBT people and immigrants.

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