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Homophobia by Ommission: LGBT Education in Schools

Published: 29/09/2014

The approach towards covering LGBT issues in the UK’s classrooms is negligible. Even though an increasing number of teenagers are coming out, there’s no recognition that they may need help from teachers or guidance from support services. One in twenty gay and bisexual men in the UK are HIV positive(compared to 1 in 665 of the general population), yet the reasons for this aren’t covered in any great detail by our teachers. Members of the LGBT community are more likely to be affected by mental health problems, but there’s no real effort to address this, or direct students to the relevant support services if they’re not provided by the school. There is nothing to help young men and women deal with their sexuality in any personal, social or health-related way. It is homophobia by omission.

 

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