Ireland demands LGBT-inclusive SRE in schools

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The Irish government has asked a regulator to draw up guidance for teaching about LGBT issues in sex and relationship education in schools across the country. Teaching about sex and relationships has been mandatory in Irish schools since the 1990s, but a committee in the Irish Parliament recently warned that the guidance is out of time and needs to be reviewed. In response, The Republic of Ireland’s Education minister, Richard Bruton wrote to the National Council on Curriculum and Assessment asking for a draft of a new guideline to have certain issues (in part LGBT) to be rewritten in correspondence with modern times. A similar review was launched in the UK last year under former Education Secretary Justine Greening, but after she was sacked by Theresa May, her successor as Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, swore to continue fighting for this initiative.

Ireland has rapidly modernized on LGBT rights, following the introduction of equal marriage in and the adoption of a self-identification system of gender recognition. The country’s current leader Leo Varadkar is one of few openly gay heads of government, and under his leadership Ireland has increasingly led the way on global LGBT issues.

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