Tuesday, 25th July 2017
A new set of measures are to be introduced into schools – specifically highlighting the new socially liberal image of the Conservatives.
New measures are being introduced to include the fast-tracking of gender-change, new rules on gay men giving blood and a new research study into LGBT life.
There will also be a focus on any children that call each other ‘gay’ in a derogatory way. Teachers will be expected to discipline any pupil heard misusing the term and using it by way of bullying.
£3 million is going to be invested into ‘anti-homophobic & transphobic programmes’.
The plan is set to run simultaneously with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and will be headed up by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening.
As the law stands, should any person wish to change their gender, they must be formally diagnosed by a doctor of gender dysphoria. This where a person believes they were born in the wrong body. A person experiencing gender dysphoria would then have to prove to a doctor that they have been ‘in transition’ for at least a two-year period.
There will be support groups involved as part of the consultation who will meet with ministers to discuss the issues faced by young people with gender-identity issues. This will include Mermaids – who specialise in assisting children facing these kinds of issues. The consultation is due to be published in the Autumn of this year, and it’s set to eliminate stigma and officiousness of the over-medicalised and over-clinical procedure involved with gender-identity issues.
As part of the LGBT community, Justine Greening has recently launched a national survey to review the experiences and opinions of those who form a 1.5 million LGBT population within the UK
Ministers will consult with support groups, including Mermaids, which helps children with gender-identity issues. As part of the consultation, to be published in the autumn, Ministers plan to reduce the stigma and intrusiveness of the ‘over-medicalised’ process by removing the need for a clinical assessment.
Ms Greening, who revealed last year that she was gay, is also planning to launch a national survey of the experiences of the UK’s 1.5 million LGBT population.
There is clearly a concern across the board that this type of bullying within schools is happening frequently and needs to be addresses as a matter of urgency. The move will involve training teachers on how to best deal with situations such as this in a better way moving forward.
Do you think it’s important that the £3 million that will be used for ‘anti-homophobic and transphobic programmes’ within schools? Is your school affected by this kind of behaviour?
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Reference: Schools Net