A private school called Foundation Christian College in Mandurah in Western Australia made life so uncomfortable for a 7-year-old girl that her dad, Brendan, had to un-enroll her from the school. The problem started when the girl revealed that her father is gay and lives with his partner. Consequently, she was told to keep her mouth shut about her family. Brendan's last name and image have been withheld to protect the identity of his daughter, who is now enrolled in a public primary school.
Brendan describes what happened to the Mandurah Mail:
[My daughter] got talking about Tony Abbott and gay marriage and mentioned that her dad is with [my partner] and she was shut down by her teacher and then the teacher had to explain to the class what ‘gay’ is.
We were asked to go into a meeting that we thought would be about her education and how she was going in class to be told that [my daughter] had mentioned I’m gay.
I was told that they don’t promote ‘gay’ at the school and [my daughter] was unable to talk about my life between [my partner] and me and general stuff about what a kid talks about with her parents.
She could mention my name, but she couldn’t talk about us being gay or relating to us as a couple, so pretty much to a seven-year-old, we were forced to say to [my daughter] that she wasn’t allowed to talk about Daddy or [my partner] at all.