The NSW government has stepped in to ban schools from screening Gayby Baby during school hours. The documentary about same-sex parenting was due to be shown in dozens of schools around Australia on Friday this week, as part of Wear It Purple Day. But now, that won’t be allowed to happen in NSW.
It’s a decision that hurts families with same-sex parents. It hurts the ones going through school now, and it hurts the ones who’ve already gone through school and suffered harassment from other kids.
Ellie Sibbald grew up with two women as parents and couldn’t have imagined anyone doing a better job of bringing her up. But she wishes Gayby Baby had been shown at her primary school.
“I never for one second questioned that my parents loved and adored me,” Sibbald says. “My mum would drop everything to help me with a school assignment I had due the next day even if it meant that she was unable to study for her own exams. I still remember the joy of coming home and finding Mum had redecorated my bedroom like my favourite movie of the time, Starstruck, with an inflatable swimming pool and pink fake flokati rug.”
"I knew that they had my back no matter what, that they would love and care for me no matter what. I never questioned having two women as my parents because I never had any reason to - I cannot imagine any other parents in the world who could have been better, or loved me more."
"The only time I had issues was when stupid morons at primary school who had picked up on homophobic ideas from their parents would tease me. Primary school was not a happy time for me and I spent a considerable amount of time in the principal's office - not for being in trouble. The office staff were always lovely to me and would let me stay and help rather than face the battleground outside."