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Scotland to become first in the world to include LGBTQ history in schools

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Edinburgh: Every year, June is marked as the pride month across the world when we celebrate the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights to commemorate the historical event ‘Stonewall riots’ that occurred at the end of June 1969. The celebration involves musical performances and many special events. Scotland will become the first country in the world to teach LGBTQ+ history in school which will be effective from 2021.

In November 2018, the Scottish Ministers accepted the recommendations by ‘Time for Inclusive Education campaign’ to include LGBTQ+ history in the curriculum, to improve the learning environment of children and young people. They will also learn about how to handle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. All the public school students will learn about equality and identity issues faced by the LGBTQ community. The parents will not able to prevent their children as the lessons will be made compulsory.

John Swinney, the Deputy First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary of Education in Scottish Government said, “Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) equality. I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in the world to have LGBTI inclusive education embedded within the curriculum.”

The European country is already considered as one of the most progressive countries for LGBTQ equality. “The time had come to intervene at the root of that problem and fight discrimination through education,” Swinney said.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Scotland since 2014, and same-sex civil partnership since 2005, while adoption and fostering by same-sex couples have been legal since 2009. Anti-discrimination laws on the basis of gender and sexuality have been in place since 2010. Let’s hope the approach taken by the Scottish Government will set an example to the world, to have LGBTQ+ education will become commonplace.

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