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Scotland has become the first country in the world to
require its public schools nationwide to add LGBT
history and inclusion to their curriculums.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney has told parliament
that the Scottish government will mandate all state
schools to "teach LGBTI equality and inclusion" to
different age groups across different subjects.
According to Swinney, the Scottish government has
accepted all 33 recommendations from its LGBTI Inclusive
Education Working Group, which was created to "improve
the learning experience for LGBTI young people."
The government will start working immediately to
implement the recommendations. According to a press
release, the school mandate is designed to help Scotland
"lead the way in inclusive education."
As a result, schools must teach about LGBT terminology
and identities, prejudice against the LGBT community,
promote "awareness of the history of LGBTI equalities
and movements" and tackle homophobia, biphobia and
"Scotland is already considered one of the most
progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality,"
Swinney said in a statement. "I am delighted to
announce we will be the first country in the world to
have LGBTI inclusive education embedded within the
Simon Calvert, the deputy director of the conservative
advocacy group Christian Institute, responded to the
news by saying that parents "don't want to see
controversial political agendas embedded across the
"There are a diversity of beliefs about LGBT issues
in Scotland," he said in a statement. "The
approach adopted by the Scottish government assumes
there is only one acceptable view."
Calvert fears that children from families who don't
"subscribe" to the state-sanctioned view will be "made
to feel isolated in their schools."
"LGBT activists are often highly intolerant of
traditional religious views and the people who hold
them," Calvert explained. "There is already a
great deal of emphasis on LGBT issues in schools.
Perhaps the time and money would be better spent on
trying to improve education for everyone, instead of
promoting LGBT politics."
Scotland is only 18 years removed from the repeal of a
law that banned schools from "promoting the
acceptability of homosexuality." Scotland decriminalized
homosexuality in 1981. As The Washington Post notes,
Scottish lawmakers moved in June to pardon men who were
previously charged with participating in homosexual
Speaking about the new changes to the public education
curriculum, Swinney added that the education system must
"support everyone to reach their full potential."
"That is why it is vital the curriculum is as diverse
as the young people who learn in our schools,"
Swinney contended. "The recommendations I have
accepted will not only improve the learning experience
of our LGBTI young people, they will also support all
learners to celebrate their differences, promote
understanding and encourage inclusion."
Among the accepted recommendations is the development of
a "national guidance" that lays out expectations
regarding LGBT education "and signposts teachers in
any school in Scotland toward supporting resources."
The recommendation calls for the use of resources such
as "short films and displays."
The government decision follows three years of
campaigning from the pro-LGBT TIE Campaign (Time for
The group claimed in a 2016 research report that 90
percent of LGBT people have experienced some sort or
homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at school. The
report also stated that 27 percent of LGBT people have
attempted suicide as a result of bullying.
The government's decision was praised by Jordan Daly,
the co-founder of the pro-LGBT TIE Campaign, which works
to "combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in
schools with LGBT-inclusive education."
"[W]e are delighted that LGBTI inclusive education
will now become a reality in all of Scotland's state
schools," Daily said in a statement. "This is a
monumental victory for our campaign, and a historic
moment for our country."
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