Members of the LGBTQ+ community have unjustly had to put up with and fight through hate and discrimination for years, and it's apparent that there are still bigotted individuals out there who can't view the world with an open and accepting mind.
One campaign group has launched the latest attempt to battle hate crime and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The innovative campaign places elementary school children at the heart of this campaign, which has raised some controversial opinions...
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The LGBTQ community is stronger than ever.Since the annual observance of LGBT History Month began in the U.S. in 1994, the growth and acceptance of this community has been absolutely staggering.
LGBTQ identifying people are prouder than ever before...
via: ShutterstockAnd, because of the growing numbers of barriers being broken down, more and more people are coming out openly and proudly as LGBTQ.
But discrimination still lurks.
via: ShutterstockDespite amazing development, an array of sick and narrow-minded individuals who spread constant hatred and fear amongst this community are still in existence.
Discrimination comes in many different forms.
via: ShutterstockWhether it's in the form of cyber-bullying or in the form of a violent physical act, discrimination against the LGBTQ community is rife. No type of discrimination is okay.
These hate crimes are happening all over the world and it's not okay.
via: ShutterstockIt's a heartbreaking reality that hate crimes against the community still happen.
Education is key.
via: ShutterstockIt is common knowledge that those who discriminate against and abuse members of the LGBTQ community are often uneducated on the topic, and are lashing out against something unfamiliar to them.
And this is why education on the topic is so important.
via: ShutterstockThe more people that are educated about the community, the fewer hate crimes and attacks there will be against LGBTQ+ identifying people.
But when exactly should this education begin?
via: ShutterstockWhile many believe that these issues should be addressed at an older age, there are some calling for children as young as 5-years-0ld to be taught about the community.
An LGBTQ campaign group have proposed for elementary schools to educate their students on the matter...
via: ShutterstockAnd they believe that all children should be taught about lesbian, gay and transgender issues in every subject.
Stonewall issued the guidance this week...
via: ShutterstockStonewall is one of the world's first LGBTQ+ campaign groups, having being founded in 1989 by a small group of people who had struggled against the laws and discriminations against their community.
Stonewall is renowned for its campaign work and lobbying.
via: ShutterstockAnd they have assisted in achieving the equalization of the age of consent, lifting the ban on LGBT people serving in the military, securing legislation which allowed same-sex couples to adopt and have even helped to secure same-sex marriages.
They have achieved so much for the community...
via: ShutterstockAnd they're nowhere near ready to stop anytime soon.
Their latest challenge is to make elementary schools more inclusive.
via: ShutterstockAnd they are calling for children to be educated about the LGBTQ+ community, their history, and the issues they face, from the age of 5-years-old and onwards.
According to Stonewall, a whopping forty-five percent of LGBTQ+ identifying pupils are bullied...
via: ShutterstockAnd the group believes that this statistic could be lowered significantly if children were educated about the community from an earlier age.
And, as well as the typical LGBTQ education...
via: ShutterstockThe proposed guide, which has been sponsored by the publisher, Pearson, and the Government Equalities Office, suggests incorporating the topic throughout school timetables and various subjects.
They want the community to be involved in the teachings of all subjects...
The campaign group suggested maths questions such as, "How many biscuits are left at Fatima and Shanika's wedding?" While one example lesson plan suggested that pupils aged 7 and 8 create Aids memorial quilts in design and technology lessons.
And they ultimately want to break down barriers and stigma with their new curriculum.
via: ShutterstockStonewall said on the matter, "Our new guide, Creating an LGBT-Inclusive Primary Curriculum, is a free voluntary resource for primary school teachers who want to make their classrooms inclusive and accepting of all young people."
Many people have praised the proposed curriculum...
@benjaminbutter @artofbeingqueer People are misunderstanding what LGBTQ+ education looks like in a primary school,… https://t.co/YsCDXajEK9— J (@J)1574775794.0
School can be a dangerous place for LGBTQ identifying children...And the new proposed curriculum could finally make it a safe and open space for them to be their true selves amongst their teachers and peers.
And, despite many disagreeing with the prospect...
All children should be taught about all relationships. Love is love, some kids will know they’re #lgbtq at primary… https://t.co/siGjMkPmnq— Sam Cleasby (@Sam Cleasby)1559327742.0