Scotland to include LGBT issues in curriculum

Scotland will become the first country in the world to impart lessons in state schools in equality and identity issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, agencies report.

Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney said LGBT-inclusive education will be included in the country’s national curriculum based on 33 proposals presented in a report by LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group and approved by the cabinet.

Lessons will include tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and history of LGBT movements.

Among the proposals are school inspections in terms of LGBTI inclusion and specific recording of incidents of LGBT bullying in schools.

The recommendations are expected to be implemented before May 2021 when the current parliamentary term ends.

Scotland decriminalised gay sex in 1980 and legalised same-sex marriage in 2014.

In 2016, it became the “gayest parliament in the world” with four leaders representing various political parties saying they are gay or bisexual.