The BBC’s Radio Manchester shared a video on the organization’s Facebook page in September that’s making the rounds and going viral.
What’s the video all about?
The video features 6-year-olds writing letters from one male story character to another male story character, imploring him to marry the other.
Featuring pupils from Bewsey Lodge Primary School — which is in Warrington, in England’s Cheshire region — the video shows children pen a note from “Prince Henry” to his servant “Thomas.”
The students’ teacher, Sarah Hopson, told the BBC what was happening in the video — which, at the time of this writing, has been viewed more than 180,000 times.
“This class of 6-year-olds is learning about gay marriage. In this fairy tale, the prince wants to marry his [male] servant. And the children are writing a love letter,” Hopson said.
She noted that she believes it’s important for children to learn about gay marriage at such a young age because those same children would “go out into that world and find this diversity around them, and they’ll find that out at a young age as well.”
“[T]he more [children] can be accepting at this age, you’re not going to face it further on, because the children will be accepting now and will be accepting this diversity around them,” she added.
According to Bewsey Lodge Primary School’s website, the school teaches “PSHE,” which stands for “Personal, Social, and Health Education.” Under the PSHE umbrella, topics like transgenderism, sexuality, and relationships are discussed. PSHE is taught from nursery age to year 6. Additionally, the school has “non-gender-specific” uniforms.
You can read more about the program here.
In June, the school received an award and became the first school in the region to win a LGBT+ award.
According to the Warrington Guardian, the school received the “Educate and Celebrate” Best Practice Gold Award.
The award was for tackling “homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying in schools,” according to the outlet.