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Children have a right to know about LGBT families – EHRC Chair

The Equality and Human Rights Commission calls on the Government to end the ambiguity on teaching of LGBT rights, saying no child should be made to think that who they are is something to be ashamed of.

Ten years ago David Cameron publicly apologised for Section 28, the legislation which banned the “promotion of homosexuality” in schools. A decade on, and as the protests outside Birmingham schools show, we are still grappling with how to talk to children about same-sex relationships.

It is astounding that the idea of teaching children about tolerance and respect for others has had the opposite affect and triggered more division and debate.

A school should be a safe space for children to learn and grow. It should provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become active citizens of the 21st century. Schools should be spaces where we all learn to be tolerant and respectful of others, including all types of families, faiths and lifestyles.

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August 7, 2019

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