LGBTI rights to be part of Scottish curriculum
Scotland will become the first country to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum.
State schools will be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI equalities and movements, as well as tackling homophobia and transphobia and exploring LGBTI identity, after ministers accepted in full the recommendations of a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign.
Jordan Daly, the co-founder of TIE, said the “destructive legacy” of section 28, 1988 legislation that banned “promotion” of homosexuality, had come to an end. “This sends a strong and clear message to LGBTI young people that they are valued here in Scotland.”
A study for TIE found that nine out of 10 LGBTI Scots had suffered homophobia at school, and 27% said they had attempted suicide. The announcement comes after the Guardian reported on Tuesday that women’s groups had written to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, to say the government’s sex education plans for England and Wales were “squeamish” and needed to be radically revised.