Campaigners urge MSPs to help tackle homophobia in schools

STV News is reporting that campaigners are calling on politicians and the public to help tackle homophobia in schools in Scotland.

Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) is calling on politicians and members of the public to sign up to a five-point online pledge supporting a fresh national strategy to address homophobic bullying.

Among the campaigners’ proposals is new legislation for LGBT inclusive education in all schools, teacher training and the recording of all incidents of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying by local authorities.

The calls come following research by TIE, published earlier this month, which suggested 90% of LGBT pupils had experienced homophobia in school and that 42% had attempted suicide as a result of bullying. The survey also found that only 4% of LGBT respondents feel the Scottish Government is presently doing enough to tackle homophobia in schools.

A campaign spokesperson said: “Our aim is to ensure that all schools across the country are safe and supportive environments for LGBT young people, and we have very clear proposals as to how we get there.”

More at: Campaigners urge MSPs to help tackle homophobia in schools

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