Scotland has consistently been ranked as one of the best countries in Europe, when it comes to the rights of the LGBTQ community.

In a first for the world, Scotland has now made it mandatory for public schools to teach LGBTQ issues, reported The Guardian.

The Guardian

It is a historic moment for the country as the Scottish government accepted all the recommendations put forth by the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group. 

Students will learn about the history of LGBTQ equality, how to tackle homophobia and transphobia, as well as the nuances of LGBTQ identity.


The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said

“Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality. I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in the world to have LGBTI-inclusive education embedded within the curriculum.”

The order will be implemented strictly with no excuses, exemptions, and opt-outs allowed. 

For 13 years, from 1988 to 2001, Scotland had a legislation banning local authorities across UK and Scotland from promoting homosexuality.


A study found that 9 out of 10 LGBTQ Scots had experienced homophobia at school, while 27% reported they had attempted suicide after being bullied. 

This move by the government will ensure that young minds are aware of the needs of LGBTQ community making them an inclusive part of the nation.