LGBTI rights to be part of Scot­tish cur­ricu­lum

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Libby Brooks

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.

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