LGBTI in education move ‘a world-first’
Scotland will be the first country in the world to ensure its education system recognises the issues faced by the LGBTI community, ministers have announced.
Equalities campaigners called the move a “monumental victory”, claiming the “destructive legacy” of Section 28, which banned the promotion of homosexuality, had been ended.
Research by the Time for Inclusive education (Tie) campaign group found 90% of LGBTI people experienced homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at school. Co-founder Jordan Daly said: “After three years of campaigning, we are delighted that LGBTI inclusive education will now become a reality in all of Scotland’s state schools.
“This is a monumental victory for our campaign and a historic moment for our country.”
Education Secretary John Swinney said: “Human rights and the values of respect and tolerance are universal.
“Children and young people should feel happy, safe, respected and included in their learning environment, and all staff should be proactive in promoting positive relationships and behaviour in the playground, classroom, wider learning community and society.”