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article imageChildren’s book on homo-parental family causing debate in Chile

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 25, 2014 in Lifestyle
Santiago - "Nicolas has two dads" is the title of the first children's story-book about sexual diversity and homo-parental families in Chile. The book is currently being distributed to pre-school kids in 500 public kindergartens in Chile.
"Nicolás tiene dos papás" ("Nicolás has two dads") was prepared by the Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), a leading Chilean human rights advocacy organization which focuses on civil rights and liberties for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
The issue has generated controversy. There are parents who do not want the story-book read to their children, while others consider that knowledge and understanding about the diversity of family groups in Chilean society is good for children.
The book's authors explain that although this is a children's story, the book "is designed for the whole family, for society. It is not a book about homosexuality but about family values, a different model of family."
According to studies done by Movilh, 10 percent of same-sex couples have children in Chile. Of these, most are lesbian mothers who have custody of their children and share with a partner of the same sex, and a minority are gay parents who share parental care of a child with another man.
"Because there is sexism and homophobia, because parents should take more responsibility in the upbringing of their children, we wanted to start with a story about two men parents, not two mothers. Soon there will be more stories," said a Movilh spokesperson.
Alvaro Elizalde, the Chilean government’s spokesman, explained that the text is not mandatory, but "each community will determine whether or not to use this book. Parents will decide if they want their kids to learn about the book.", according to "La Segunda" (in Spanish).
The story-book "Nicolas has two dads" was produced by Movilh, funded by the Embassy of the European Union and the Embassy of the Netherlands. It is sponsored by The National Kindergarten Board (Junji), the Association of Toddler Educators, the National Directorate of Libraries, Archives and Museums, and the Departments of Psychology and Early Childhood and Basic Education of the University of Chile.
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