Today Extra’s Sonia Kruger has referred to scholarships for gay, lesbian and transgender children as ‘reverse discrimination.’’
The Australian Business and Community Network Scholarship Foundation have begun to target high school students as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/and or intersex for a financial and mentoring scholarship.
Sonia said she found it ‘odd’ to ask year 10 students about their sexual preferences.
The scholarship is valued at $7,000 over three years, are for students to spend on study resources and help with financial hardships.
This is the first time the ABCN has offered the scholarship that includes questions about candidates sexual and gender identity. In previous years they only asked if they were male or female.
Kruger said don’t think it should have anything to do with the awarding of a scholarship. I think awards should be given on merit.’
Her sentiments have been echoed by the national policy officer for Family Voice Australia who said ‘’Why should children, especially in a school setting, be asked to declare their sexuality or gender identity?’ Daniel Wyld said.
‘Many 15-year-olds are still working through issues around sexuality. Offering a financial incentive to identify as ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex’ is completely inappropriate.’
David Campbell fired back said it was the ABCN’s decision to offer such a scheme and those who were criticising were ‘were living in the dark ages.’
‘Kids sexuality nowadays is different now to even when we were in high school’, he said.
This is the second controversy to hit Sonia Kruger in as many weeks, with the morning show host saying she wanted Australia’s border closed earlier this month.