In recent months, a few schools have been targeted by disruption because of their commitment to teaching about LGBT families.
There has been a clear echo of Section 28, the 1989 legislation which banned conversations about same-sex relationships in school, forced LGBT teachers into the closet or out of a job, and scarred a generation of young LGBT people. We can’t go backwards. Creating the inclusive communities we need starts at school.
When our schools, youth groups and youth services are built on a culture of acceptance, every LGBT young person can thrive and be themselves.
LGBT young people continue to suffer from bullying in schools, and homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language is widespread. Nearly half of LGBT pupils – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools.
Too few schools provide good quality Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), which enables and encourages young people to make informed decisions and develop healthy relationships.
Thanks to Government and cross-party support, a law was passed in 2017 that will make RSE compulsory in all of England’s schools. This is great progress, but we must ensure that the way it is implemented is LGBT inclusive.
Outside of school, we need to make sure that LGBT youth groups are properly funded. Finally, we need to ensure apprenticeships, universities, and colleges are supporting LGBT young people, so that no young person is left behind.
We want to see committment from the UK government to:
- Provide sufficient funding for every school in England to access face-to-face training on delivering LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sex Education and engaging with parents
- Take action to tackle anti-LGBT bullying and support LGBT pupils at schools, by making sure that all teachers receive initial and ongoing training on how to prevent, recognise and address incidents, and support LGBT pupils
- Properly resource LGBT youth services
- Commit to LGBT inclusion across all areas of education and training, including university, apprenticeships and supporting young people in the workplace
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