Gay penguins at Sydney aquarium are “fake”, conservative party claims

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07/04/2023

Two male gentoo penguins homed at an aquarium in Australia have risen to fame in recent years as a result of their charming love story. However, the gay penguins have recently received some unwanted attention from the Family First political party, which claims their relationship is forced and fake. The penguins, Sphen and Magic, are currently part of a heartwarming education module for nearby students, developed by the New South Wales (NSW) Teachers Federation in collaboration with Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. As part of the course, the couple is showcased to teach local children more about animals and same-sex relationships. In a Facebook post, the NSW Teacher Federation provided instruction for educators on how to access the course materials. Part of it reads, “Members can access a unit of work about SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s same sex penguin couple, Sphen and Magic,” adding that it includes pre-excursion, excursion and post-excursion lessons. That’s right, not only do these children get to learn about the penguins, but they can meet the happy couple as well!

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