The government should be forced to portray gay relationships in a positive light, teachers say, causing outrage amongst influential Christian charities.
The call on schools including a “positive portrayal” on same-sex relationships emerged as part of a motion on a debate for a “manifesto for a new government on LGBT rights in schools, which was being debated at the NUT union’s in Harrogate.
The motion, which was passed, calls on teachers to put pressure on the government to “make it compulsory that all schools’ sex education policies include a positive portrayal of same sex relationships”.
Campaigners have been calling on wide-range mandatory sexual relationship in every school. Under current rules, local council-run secondary schools only to provide basic sex education, including subjects such as Sexual Transmitted Diseases. There is no emphasis on a particular gender.
Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT union, said: “The NUT calls for all parties standing in the 2015 General Election to show their commitment to tackling the discrimination faced by both LGBT students and teachers in schools by following the ten point action plan outlined in the Motion. This includes making it compulsory for all schools’ sex education policies to include a positive portrayal of same sex relationships,
A question. Does that 10 point plan include positive portrayal of heterosexual relationships?