A top Swiss parliamentary committee has proposed legal changes that would see discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity punishable by law. Currently, under the Swiss penal code, discrimination against people on the grounds of their race, ethnic origin or religious beliefs is an offence, with the maximum penalty being three years in prison or a fine. But in a statement released on Wednesday, the legal affairs committee of the Swiss upper house, the Council of States, recommended that article 261bis of the penal code be changed to also make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity illegal. The committee's recommendation comes a full five years after Socialist MP Mathias Reynard introduced a parliamentary motion on the issue. With the move, the parliamentary legal committee has gone a step further than the Swiss government which had backed the inclusion of sexual orientation, but not sexual identity, in the legislation. Read … [Read more...] about Switzerland aims to make discrimination against LGBTI people a crime
The Scottish education system is to become the first in the world where primary and secondary schools are required in the curriculum to promote LGBT identity and lifestyles. Every state school will have to “embed” lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex “equality and inclusion” within “all levels of the curriculum from early years to senior phase” after the Scottish Government accepted in full the recommendations of a working group headed by LGBT activists.The move, which was backed by all parties, will see pupils taught about LGBT political history, movements, terminology, and identities as well as “LGBTI literature and lives” and topics on “addressing prejudice and homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying”. According to the report from the working group, which was led by Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), schools will also be required to include representations of sexual minorities “in ways which seek … [Read more...] about ‘World First’ – Scottish Schools to Have ‘LGBT Equality’ Embedded in Curriculum
0 Have your say After a decision that Scotland’s education system will become the first in the world to have LGBTI education embedded in the curriculum, Cara Spence of LGBT Youth Scotland says she is truly hopeful that no young person will have to grow up in a school where they do not feel safe and included. We began working in schools more than 10 years ago. At the time, our work was viewed as ‘controversial’ and just a handful of pro-active teachers were keen to engage with us.I remember when we delivered a stall at a school health fair, halfway through the event the headmaster promptly frog-marched us out of the building – presumably because he thought we were negatively influencing innocent minds and ‘making young people gay’ (which would now be widely recognised as absurd).Fast forward a few years and we’re in parliament, with young people, and the Deputy First Minister announces that the Scottish Government has … [Read more...] about ‘LGBTI education has come far since I was frogmarched out of school’
World International Affairs Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to include the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in its school curriculums. Ministers embraced all the 33 recommendations put forward by a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, meaning primary and secondary state schools will now be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI movements. A study carried out for TEI in 2016 found the rate of attempted suicide among LGBTI people in Scotland stood at 27 percent. Nine in 10 LGBTI Scots had admitted experiencing homophobia, transphobia or biphobia at school and being bullied was a key factor in prompting some to attempt suicide. “Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality,” deputy first minister John Swinney was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in … [Read more...] about Scotland Is the First Country in the World to Put LGBTI Lessons in the School Curriculum
0 Have your say Scottish primary and secondary pupils are to become the first in the world to be taught in a schools’ system that has LGBTI education embedded in the curriculum. The move was warmly welcomed by politicians and gay rights campaigners, but there was concern from religious groups that families who were not committed to “radical LGBT politics” would feel isolated.Do you think LGBTI education should be embedded in the curriculum in Scottish schools?READ MORE - Leader comment: Billy Connolly is right about Scottish sectarianism - leader comment Kenny Gibson becomes latest SNP figure to speak out against the People's Vote … [Read more...] about Poll: should LGBTI education be embedded in Scottish school curriculum?