By 2021, schools across Scotland are expected to include lessons about LGBTQI+ equality and history in their educational plans.
Next year Scotland will become the first nation IN THE WORLD to teach LGBTQI+ history in schools. In November 2018, Scottish Ministers accepted in full the recommendations to deliver LGBTQI+ inclusive education across the curriculum to improve the learning environments of all children and young people.
This means all public school pupils will receive lessons in the equality and identity issues faced by the LGBTQI+ community.
Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney said “Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTQI+ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex] equality. “I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in the world to have LGBTQI+ inclusive education embedded within the curriculum.”
LGBTQI+ rights in Scotland are generally in line with the rest of the United Kingdom, which has evolved extensively over time and is now regarded as some of the most progressive in Europe. In both 2015 and 2016, Scotland was recognised as the “best country in Europe for LGBTQI+ legal equality”.
Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1981 and the age of consent has been equal to that for opposite-sex activity since 2001, at 16. Same-sex marriage law was approved by the Scottish Parliament in February 2014 and received royal assent on 12 March 2014. It came into effect on 16 December 2014 with many civil partners converting their relationships into marriages, while the first same-sex marriage ceremonies occurred on 31 December 2014. Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal since 2005. Same-sex couples have also been granted joint and stepchild adoption rights since 2009 and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity have been banned since 2010.