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Safe Schools co-founder claims half of young Australians are attracted to the same sex

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 19/06/2017
Safe schools rally, 2016. © AAP Image/Ed Jackson Safe schools rally, 2016.

Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward has claimed almost half of young Australians are attracted to members of the same sex.

Ward's comments were made last month during an unofficial speaking tour about Safe Schools – despite no longer representing the program in an official capacity.

During a Pride Week event at Victoria University, Ms Ward scoffed at claims that only 10 percent of young people were attracted to the same sex, The Australian reports.

"It’s more like 40-50 per cent of young people who are not exclusively attracted to the opposite sex. That’s how fluid sexuality is headed," Ward said.

Ward also talked about her own experiences dealing with her sexuality at 16 while attacking mainstream media for criticising the program.

The Safe Schools co-founder said the program was intended to challenge the ideas of "heteronormativity".

Ward resigned from her Victorian government advisory role in May last year after labelling the Australian flag as racist in a Facebook post.

Wards' resignation incited the Victorian government to take control of the Safe Schools program while NSW, Tasmania and South Australia announced its intentions to abandon it altogether to develop their own method for curbing homophobia.

Over the years the Safe Schools program has been slammed by Christian groups and conservative MPs including the Australian Christian Lobby's Queensland director Wendy Francis who dismissed it as a platform for promoting "cross-dressing".

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