Schools to ed­u­cate stu­dents on LGBTI

The Buffalo News - - PARK RECOMMENDATIONS - – Wash­ing­ton Post

GLAS­GOW, Scot­land – Just 18 years ago, it was still il­le­gal in Scot­land to “in­ten­tion­ally pro­mote ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity” in schools.

Now, the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment will man­date that all state schools in­tro­duce a cur­ricu­lum that ex­plains the his­tory of les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der and in­ter­sex (LGBTI) ac­tivism. Schools will also ed­u­cate stu­dents on the use of LGBTI ter­mi­nol­ogy and dis­cuss ways to ad­dress ho­mo­pho­bia. “Our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem must sup­port ev­ery­one to reach their full po­ten­tial,” Scot­tish Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney said Thurs­day. “The rec­om­men­da­tions I have ac­cepted will not only im­prove the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of our LGBTI young peo­ple, they will also sup­port all learn­ers to cel­e­brate their dif­fer­ences, pro­mote un­der­stand­ing and en­cour­age in­clu­sion.”

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