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Available Expert - Scotland becomes first country to approve LGBTI school lessons

Friday, November 9, 2018

Queen’s University researcher Lee Airton is available to comment on Scotland being the first country to approve LGBTI school lessons and embed the teachings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights into the school curriculum. Schools will also be required to teach students about the history of LGBTI movements and campaigns.

“The Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) Campaign’s recommendations are incredibly thorough, touching down on the lives of everyone involved in schools from students, through teachers and administrators, and up to school inspectors,” says Dr. Airton. “I’m encouraged to see ample consideration for the resources needed to implement the recommendations, whether in schools, in teacher education programs, and in allied organizations who will now see an explosion of requests from schools for training and curriculum development. Scotland has about a third of Ontario’s population, making this kind of project that much more feasible on a large scale there, but we will be watching closely around the world to see how a centralized government-driven program takes on the work of making schools more welcoming of gender and sexual diversity.”

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