A majority of MSPs now support LGBTI+-inclusive education
TIE campaign has collected signed pledges from 67 members of the Scottish parliament
Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) has secured support from a majority of sitting MSPs for their campaign for more LGBTI+-inclusive education, the organisation announced on 17 February.
By signing TIE’s pledge, MSPs have indicated their support for TIE’s five-point plan on how to create more LGBTI+-inclusive education through legislation.
A TIE spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have achieved majority support for our proposals for LGBTI-inclusive education in Scottish schools. This marks a significant step forward; not only for our campaign, but for all LGBTI young people across the country.”
The organization has collected signatures from 67 MSPs, enough to give any legislation parliamentary majority without support from other MSPs – such as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon or Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party head Ruth Davidson, who have yet to sign the pledge.
Formed in 2015, TIE seeks to ensure inclusive education, which informs students about LGBTI+ issues and history.
Under the plans put forward by the TIE campaign, all current teaching staff would be eligible for Government-funded training on dealing with LGBTI+ issues and similar training would be incorporated into both primary and secondary teacher training.
Furthermore, the current school curriculum would be adapted and changed to incorporate LGBTI+ issues and education, primarily in Personal and Social Education (PSE) lessons.
TIE’s spokesperson said: “It is important to recognise that this parliamentary mandate for our calls is a historical moment in the push for equal rights in Scotland. This marks the biggest step forward for LGBTI-inclusive education to date, as it is a move which will ultimately change the lives of LGBTI school pupils, who will see their identities and the historical contributions of their community reflected in their learning once our proposals are adopted.
“This inclusive approach will be pivotal to tackling the rampant levels of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in our schools.”
On February 21, LGBTI+ rights were brought before the Parliament by Annie Wells MSP, as she discussed LGBT+ History Month. While not a legislative move, the signatures of the many representatives of the Scottish Parliament displays widespread support for the policies suggested by TIE.
The Scottish Youth Parliament have noted that the sort of inclusive education promoted by TIE alongside other areas of sexual health is of key concern among Scottish youth.
Scotland is recognised as one of the best countries in Europe for LGBTI+ equality by ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), meeting 92% of the criteria of their Rainbow Agenda for equality.
Reflecting that fact, most of the major parties in Scotland rank LGBTI+ equality of high importance within their manifestoes.