Herald Scotland is reporting that a group of high-profile gay and lesbian Scottish politicians have stepped forward to back calls for LGBTI issues to be taught in all schools in order to tackle discrimination, bullying and homophobia.
The campaign for LGBTI education in Scottish schools – by the lobby group Time for Inclusive Education (TIE). Religious figures opposed to the campaign say the idea is straying into the realms of indoctrination, while those in favour argue that it is no different to teaching children about racism and sectarianism.
TIE supporters say that without ‘inclusive’ education, LGBT youngsters are being bullied and in some cases the result is self harming and even suicide.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale was not openly gay while in school or university, and as a result, she says, she did not experience homophobia or bullying related to her sexuality. Despite this, she understands the need to address the problems affecting young people who are gay or transgender and facing discrimination.
Dugdale said: “We support TIE’s campaign and included a commitment to support it in our manifesto in May. Attitudes to LGBT people have changed so much since I was at school. In many ways, the state has been rushing to catch up with where society has changed.”
She said that Scotland now had the opportunity to “lead the way on inclusive education”, adding: “We already have so many positive role models for young LGBT people – the next step is to ensure that our schools reflect our society.”
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