British pediatricians support LGBT-inclusive school lessons

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The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) published its response to the Department for Education (DfE)’s public consultation on changes to the Relationships Education and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) curricula. The doctors’ advice is not to shy away from teaching about sex education and LGBT+ issues, provided that educators address these topics in a “timely and developmentally-appropriate manner”, taking pupils’ age into consideration. The problem is not whether to include or not to include LGBT issues in school curricula, the problem is to include them properly. “There needs to be a clear statement that LGBT+ people and relationships are part of teaching about healthy relationships in primary school. This can be demonstrated in relation to families—but also it is helpful to children to learn the meaning of terms such as lesbian, gay and bisexual,” the RCPCH wrote in its response.

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