Something I’m very proud of being part of recently was putting together this LGBT manifesto with the LGBT consortium. The idea is to have a manifesto that we can give to all of the main UK political parties to let them know where LGBT organisations think they should go next in terms of their policies around gender and sexuality.
You’ll see that the top priority on the manifesto is to ‘educate all children & young people, at all levels, on gender & sexual diversity’. That was really important to me because it would benefit so much the LGBTQ young people who currently struggle with high levels of bullying in school, and often a lack of support from teachers, parents, and friends who are unaware or anxious about these matters.
But also, I think that prioritising teaching on gender and sexual diversity at all levels of education will mean that all young people develop an understanding of things like: the impact of gender norms on everybody; the diversity of possible bodies, relationships and sexual practices that are possible; and the importance of consent (and how to negotiate it in practice).
You can download the full manifesto here: LGBT Manifesto v1.0