Pop’n’Olly provides LGBTQ+ resources for UK primary schools. The website states:
Created by Olly Pike, Pop’n’Olly ‘usualises’ different types of people, particularly those who may be LGBTQ+, and ultimately aims to combat homo-, bi- and transphobia before it can even begin.
The website signposts visitors to Mermaids, No Outsiders and Educate and Celebrate.
Just Like Us, an LGBT+ charity which was promoted on the DfE’s Facebook page, featured Olly Pike in a YouTube video during School Diversity Week 2020. The Safe Schools Alliance wrote to the Education Secretary questioning the age-appropriateness of the video, which was aimed at ages 4-11:
The first video explains what LGBT+ means, which includes briefly mentioning pansexual, asexual, queer and bigender.
• Does DfE consider listing all these sexualities to be an appropriate learning point for four-year olds?
When asked who a child can talk to if they have questions about being LGBT+, Pike says children aged 5-9 should ask their parents. He goes on to say that for older children (again, bearing in mind this is aimed at 4-11 year olds) who are questioning if they might be LGBT+, it’s really important to consider whether talking to someone is going to be safe. He suggests that children don’t talk to immediate family or friends, but someone they trust like a teacher – perhaps an LGBT+ teacher – about what being LGBT+ means. He also suggests getting information online from his own videos, as well as charities websites including Mermaids.
• Why is the DfE encouraging children not to talk to their parents and suggesting that talking to parents might not be safe, in the absence of any indication of risk?
• Why is the DfE encouraging children to look up information online without talking to their parents, in the absence of any indication of parental risk?(Emphases added)
The Gender Unicorn suggests that our gender and attractions are actually made up of multiple factors…(Emphases added)
Gender identity is someone’s internal sense of being male, female, neither of these, both or another gender or genders. Gender identity is basically what you just know that you truly are, because you can just feel it.
Pop’n’Olly publish children’s picture books and animated videos covering areas such as gay parenting, transgenderism and same sex marriage. Several examples are included below.
This story is inspired by a book published in 1981 about a girl who lives with her father and his boyfriend. In a note to adults, Pike writes:
When Gay Men’s Press published a UK edition of ‘Jenny lives with Eric and Martin’ in 1983 (a time in history when LGBT+ people were not treated fairly) much controversy accompanied it. The book was unfairly vilified as ‘homosexual propaganda’, and the negativity surrounding it subsequently contributed to the passing of Section 28… The intention with my story, was not to retell ‘Jenny lives with Eric and Martin’, but rather draw inspiration from the unjust real life events which followed its publication in the UK.https://www.popnolly.com/product-page/kenny-lives-with-erica-and-martina
This story follows Jamie, who doesn’t think what she sees in the mirror matches up with how she feels inside.
…it wasn’t the hair, or the suit or the pumpkin car, but it was Jamie. Jamie finally understanding who he was. “And… I’m a boy,” Jamie said excitedly to the mice. “I always have been!”
This story follows Prince Henry, who proposes to his servant Thomas.