Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called for radical new measures which endorse homosexuality and transsexualism to be rolled out in schools.
Dugdale said that all young people should receive pro-LGBT sex education and teaching on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and that transsexual teenagers should be able to legally change their sex at 16.
Over the last year, calls for pro-LGBT teaching in Scottish schools have been mounting and several party leaders have signalled support.
Speaking at an event by LGBT Youth Scotland, Dugdale called for a strategy which includes, “clear guidance for school teachers about what they can teach in our schools”.
And she argued that “trans young people” should not “have to wait until they are 18 to be recognised as the gender in which they live”.
Simon Calvert, Deputy Director for Public Affairs at The Christian Institute, said: “Representatives from all the main political parties in Scotland seem obsessed with promoting this controversial ideology in schools.
“They are backing an unpredictable social experiment, which will confuse children.
“The idea that 16-year-olds should be encouraged to make the life-changing decision to reject their real biological sex is outrageous.
“They’re not even old enough to drive.”
Dugdale’s comments come amidst a growing clamour by LGBT campaigners for radical changes in education.
Calls for wider LGBT education won support from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Tory leader Ruth Davidson and other leading politicians before the last election.
And several of the party leaders have now backed The Time for Inclusive Education campaign (TIE), which calls for teaching on a number of LGBT issues and topics to be made a compulsory part of the curriculum, including:
– Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia;
– Diverse family types, including same-sex relationships;
– The Equal Rights Movement, Stonewall and the Gay Liberation Movement;
– Sexualities and sexual orientation;
– Transgenderism and gender identity;
– And pro-LGBT sexual health education.
New Clause 5
At Westminster, an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill known as New Clause 5 would create a national curriculum subject of ‘Relationships Education’.
The Institute has warned that this would open the door for lobby groups to push explicit material on kids as young as five.
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