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Love Has No Gender!

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Homosexuality, transsexuality, heterosexuality, homogenitoriality, are terms that in recent years have become part of the common lexicon. These are categories that belong to the moral sphere of each of us, but which today are presented as a controversial social and political issue in many countries. What do you think?
"Gender studies" began in the 1970s and 1980s in the United States and subsequently spread to Europe. They are characterized by an interdisciplinary analysis of the terms sexuality and gender identity. These studies do not consider only the biologically determined sex difference, but they evaluate other factors such as gender identity (which is acquired in the course of development and determines attitudes, behaviors, social roles related to one or the other sex) and sexual orientation (emotional and sexual attraction towards one, the other or both sexes).

It is from the mid-nineties that gender studies are opposed by what members and associations of the Catholic world define "gender theory" or "ideology of the genre". In 2003, under the aegis of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Lexicon was published. Terms ambiguous and discussed on family, life and ethical issues, an encyclopedic dictionary in which we define terms such as gender, sexuality and bioethics with the aim of labeling as deviant and far from the truth any theoretical, legal, political, cultural intervention that produces forms of distortion of the natural sexual order.

In Italy the controversy around this theme was particularly animated in 2014, with the dissemination of brochures to educate on the diversity at school produced by the UNAR (National Anti-Discrimination Office) on commission of the Equal Opportunities Department and aimed at teachers of public schools of every order and degree. This attempt to inform and raise awareness of what is different from oneself from childhood was blocked in Parliament, as it would be "material for students and teachers with a one-way cultural footprint". This statement follows the intervention of the President of the CEI (Italian Episcopal Conference), Angelo Bagnasco, who had claimed "the right to a non-ideological school", erecting itself against "the dictatorship of the genre" and the transformation of public schools into "fields of re-education and indoctrination ". A few weeks after the intervention of Bagnasco, Pope Francis also reiterated "the right of children to grow up in a family, with a father and a mother, capable of creating an environment suitable for its development and its affective maturation" and recalled the "right of parents to the moral and religious education of their children".
The controversy has been rekindled in recent months, with the approval of the reform of the Renzi government school, which promotes a more careful education to differences and aimed at combating discrimination related to gender and sexual orientation and violent phenomena such as bullying homophobe. On the one hand, supporters of diversity education are on the one hand, and on the other, those who see in these initiatives the attempt to impose gender ideology. Understandably, the issue is particularly sensitive and controversial because the education of adolescents, pre-teens and children at an early age is at stake. Opponents have mobilized and are collecting signatures to propose an abrogative referendum of the reform, guilty in their view to promote gender theory in public schools.

Should it be a shared commitment today to seek solutions to inequalities and discrimination based on sex, gender and sexual orientation of individuals? Is it right that non-heterosexual couples today do not have the same civil rights as heterosexual couples? Is it advisable that at school children receive a more inclusive education compared to differences and free from gender stereotypes?

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