Pride Glasgow has announced it will stage a demonstration to tackle anti-LGBT bullying in Scottish schools, echoing Europe’s calls for more LGBT education in schools on IDAHOT. Scotland’s biggest celebration of the LGBT community has partnered with the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, meaning that thousands of people are set to march at this summer’s Pride Glasgow in support of the cause.
TIE is demanding a government commitment to tackle high rates of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Scottish schools. Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said in her election manifesto this month that her party would ‘work towards every professional working with children being trained on equality, to help address prejudice-based bullying, attachment, child development and child protection’. However, TIE said equality training would not be enough to tackle Scotland’s anti-LGBT bullying problem, and called for teacher training to focus on specifically LGBT issues. A TIE spokesperson said of the partnership with Pride Glasgow: ‘Pride Glasgow’s decision to theme their parade around TIE sends a clear message to decision makers in Holyrood that the time to create an education system that is fully inclusive of LGBTI identities and issues is now.’