The Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) Campaign marked its 3rd year in style yesterday, with a colourful and highly visible show of solidarity from MSP’s in the Scottish Parliament.
Politicians across all political parties wore rainbow ties and badges during First Minister’s Questions in support of the grass roots LGBT+ campaign, fronted by Jordan Daly and Liam Stevenson.
In the chamber, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented:
“I am very proud to wear the TIE badge today, and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the TIE campaign on their third anniversary.”
“The Scottish Government is working with TIE to promote an inclusive approach to sex and relationships education. This work is being done through the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group and recommendations from the group are expected in the autumn this year. At that point, I’m sure everyone across the chamber will have an interest in making sure that these recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible.”
Last year, a majority of MSPs signed the campaign’s pledge, which includes calls for teacher training and a new system for the recording of bullying. The campaign also published a report in 2017 which found that 90 per cent of LGBT people experience homophobia at schools, while 27 per cent reported that they had attempted suicide due to being bullied.
A TIE spokesperson said:
“This was a historic moment in Scotland’s continued push for LGBT equality, and a very strong message has been sent from our Parliament to young people across the country.”
“There will be many LGBT young people leaving school this afternoon who will read about this and feel hope. We look forward to continuing our work towards delivering LGBT-inclusive education in all of Scotland’s schools.”
You can view the short documentary, commissioned by Pink Saltire and produced by BlueStar Streaming, about the TIE Campaign here.