The Scotsman is reporting that Scottish MSPs have been warned the absence of teaching lesbian and gay issues in schools in the country is a “national disgrace” with many isolated youngsters left suicidal over the lack of support.
Most staff in schools have no confidence in addressing these issues and don’t receive any equality training, campaigners told Holyrood’s petitions committee today.
One teacher said many of his colleagues are still afraid of coming out as gay themselves because the issue is viewed as taboo in many of Scotland’s schools.
Campaign group TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) today called for every school in Scotland to have at least one teacher trained in teaching lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and want to see this enshrined in statute. Currently only 13 per cent of schools have this.
“This is a national disgrace and it is something that seriously should be tackled,” TIE organiser Jordan Daly told MSPs today.
“All children deserve to grow up in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination to be loved, valued and cared for, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“While the LGBT community has made progress there are serious issues still holding us back – the education system being one of the largest ones…”
Would you say the situation is the same across the UK or are any regions doing a better job than described here for Scotland?
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