OUT calls on education depts to tackle LGBTQI+ discrimination in schools

It is time that all provincial governments develop and implement policies related to the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics in public and private schools.

Along with a host of other groups, OUT LGBT Well-being recently endorsed an open letter to the Western Cape Education Department which has delayed policy in this regard and thereby opened up LGBTQI+ learners to further discrimination and bullying.

The signatories called on the department “to take urgent active steps to address the bullying, marginalisation, discrimination and systemic violence that these [LGBTQI+] learners experience on a day-to-day basis on the grounds of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or sex characteristics.”

You can read the letter here (PDF).