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LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group

Report to the Scottish Ministers

The LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group recognises the efforts of some schools and local authorities to be increasingly LGBTI inclusive and values the roles of the third sector in supporting this work. We recognise more work needs to be done. This suite of recommendations represents the culmination of collaborative work between members of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group from May 2017 until August 2018. These recommendations are in response to concerns raised by a wide variety of LGBT organisations and campaigners, and provide the Scottish Government with a policy framework towards implementing LGBTI inclusive education in all Scottish schools. Work associated with this suite of recommendations will begin at the earliest opportunity.

These recommendations use the acronym LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) to refer collectively to the three distinctive equality areas of sexual orientation, gender identity and variations of sex characteristics. It is recognised that some of the recommendations may be more relevant to sexual orientation and gender identity than to variations of sex characteristics. It is also recognised that equality and inclusion work for variations of sex characteristics (intersex) is at a much earlier stage of development than for sexual orientation and gender identity and may need further identification of specific approaches.