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Thirty years ago, Section 28 was introduced into UK law, banning the “promotion of homosexuality” in schools. However on the 22nd of May, Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams introduced new legislation making LGBT relationship and sex education compulsory in the Welsh curriculum.
This change does more than show we’ve moved on from Section 28, which was officially repealed in 2003. Instead, it actively challenges the heteronormativity of education in Wales. As Williams stated when introducing the legislation in the Senedd, “Thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher denounced local education authorities for teaching children that ‘they have an inalienable right to be gay’. I want all our learners to know that they have an inalienable right to be happy.”
The changes are due to be implemented from 2022 by all schools. They will have to provide an LGBTQI+ inclusive relationships and sexuality education system.
Great news for Wales!
Here’s to hoping for a domino effect that will pave the path for other countries to adopt an equal sex education system.