From the beginning of this month all schools in England, United Kingdom, are required to teach an LGBTQ-inclusive (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) curriculum.
High schools will need to educate students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and healthy relationships while primary schools will be teaching students about different families, including LGBTQ members.
The guidelines state that an updated curriculum will allow students to have a wealthy mentality and for them to know how to be safe and healthy.
The policy states that Relationships Education has been made compulsory in all primary schools in England, United Kingdom, and Relationships and Sex Education is compulsory in all secondary schools, Health Education is compulsory in all state-funded schools.
Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton with Stonewell, Britain’s leading pr-LGBT organisation celebrated the decision that stated that LGBT-inclusive teaching is to make children aware that some people have two mother or two fathers, learning about different families from a young age helps to create environments that are inclusive so that everybody feels as though they belong.
However, not all families received the new measures well.
In November 2019 parents in Birmingham protested against their children learning about LGBTQ equality, they argued that lessons on same-sex relationships go against their religious beliefs.
Parents protested holding signs that stated “My Child My Choice”, “Let Kids Be Kids”, and “Say No To Sexualisation to Children”.
The Parkfield Community School in Birmingham suspended their LGBTQ teaching programme last year so that they could consult with parents after they had protested.
Despite the resistance in Birmingham, members of the English Parliament voted in favour of the new curriculum to start in September 2020.
Parents have right to request for their children to be withdrawn from some or all of the lessons part of sex education but students are not allowed to refuse the Relationship and Health Education section.
The guidelines encourage the teachers to inform the students in a delicate and orderly way.