Just one in six LGBT young people have been taught about healthy same-sex relationships, and many teachers still aren’t sure whether they are allowed to talk about LGBT issues in the classroom. In schools that teach about LGBT issues, LGBT young people are more likely to feel welcomed, included and accepted. In schools that teach about LGBT issues, LGBT young people are more likely to feel welcomed, included and accepted. Teaching about the diversity that exists in the world means that children from all families feel included and helps all young people understand that LGBT people are part of everyday life.
As LGBT young people are left unequipped to make safe, informed decisions, most go online to find information instead. It makes little mention of online safety, and no mention at all of LGBT young people and their needs. When young people see themselves reflected in what they learn, it doesn’t just equip them to make safe, informed decisions, it helps them feel like they belong and that who they are isn’t wrong or defective.