In Bavaria, a member of the euro-sceptic right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (Katrin Ebner-Steiner), criticized the decision to make LGBTI issues a part of sexual education. The politician accused the government to introduce ‘ideological indoctrination’ into schools.Describing her political specialities as family, culture and the protection, Ebner-Steiner is also a member of the AfD’s executive board for the Bavarian branch.
Traditional families and ‘natural sexual behavior’ would lose their values, she says, in favor of the ‘downplaying of socially controversial sexual behaviors and practices of minorities’. And with 99.9% of German citizens being straight, according to the politician, she doesn’t think LGBTI people should shape and influence what is taught in schools.
Ebner-Steiner claims Germany’s current government is talking ‘nearly exclusively about homosexual partnerships’ when it comes to family politics,instead of offering straight couples incentives to start families and increase birth rates. Under the new plan, it would be compulsory for all schools in Bavaria to include LGBTI issues in sexual education lessons, from primary school (age 6) onwards.
Like in the neighboring state of Baden-Württemberg, the AfD is heavily opposing the change on the basis of ‘premature sexualization’ of children. The German Democratic Republic, often only called East Germany, was established in 1949 as a result of World War II; the socialist regime fell in 1990 and the country was reunified.