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Concern About Recent Protests Over Schools Teaching About Same-Sex Relationships

The MU is concerned at the recent protests in Birmingham regarding schools teaching about same-sex relationships, LGBTQ+ rights and topics covered in the Equality Act 2010.

The suitability of LGBTQ+ lives and the promotion of equal rights should not be up for debate. Working towards an inclusive society, free from prejudice and discrimination means starting this work in schools as early as possible.

Section 28, a clause that banned the "promotion" of homosexuality in Britain's schools, has left a toxic legacy and silence surrounding LGBTQ+ issues, and has fostered an environment of shame and stigmatisation for both students and teachers.

Schools should be places where acceptance and mutual respect are taught as standard and where students and teachers of all faiths, sexualities and ethnicities can feel supported, free to be themselves and come together with the common aim of eradicating prejudice and discrimination and promoting community cohesion.

The MU will continue to champion these values and looks forward to debating this issue at the TUC LGBT+ Workers Conference in July.

Any MU members working in schools who experience discrimination or harassment should contact their regional office for advice and support.

The Musicians’ Union is dedicated to representing the diversity of its membership. Find out more about Equality and Diversity in your Union, and the MU Equalities Committee.

Published: 12/04/2019

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