Cinema star backs new LGBTI lessons in schools
ACTOR Dame Emma Thompson has welcomed moves to embed LGBTI lessons in Scottish schools. The Remains of the Day and Love Actually star, below, said: “This is a wonderful step forward in the quest for LGBT equality.
“When young people are free to be their genuine selves then they can live happy and fulfilled lives.
“With LGBT inclusive education in all of Scotland’s schools, LGBT young people can build confidence and self esteem, and learn that they are part of a vibrant and beautiful community.”
The development was also welcomed by Jackie Brock, chief executive of the Children in Scotland charity.
She said: “We wholeheartedly support the decision to include the identities, history and prejudice faced by LGBTI people within the Scottish curriculum, and for initial training and continuing professional development for teachers to cover these issues.
“We have come to this view based on the evidence that LGBTI young people face bullying and poor mental health at rates which are simply unacceptable in a society which values equality and wellbeing among children. Education has a vital role to