Children’s education in Plymouth should include awareness of LGBT+ relationships, councillors have declared.
The city council unanimously backed a proposal stating its support for children receiving “high quality, age-appropriate and rights-based relationships and sex education that is inclusive of LGBT+ relationships”.
LGBT+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual-plus, with the plus meaning inclusive of other groups.
Labour cabinet member Jon Taylor said the proposal had been brought forward following weeks of protests in Birmingham against LGBT education at a primary school and a recent hate-crime when two women were victims of a widely-publicised homophobic attack on a bus in London.
He also referred to recent comments from Devon-based MEP Ann Widdecombe, who triggered an outcry after saying she thought science might “produce an answer” to being gay.
Mr Taylor said: I don’t think we are going back to the bad old days, but I do think unless you stand up and be counted, there is a risk these horrific incidents could rise – that is why we have to push back.”
The motion, backed by Plymouth City Council at a meeting on Monday, said children should "have access to education about, and awareness of, the diverse world we and they inhabit" including the mix of family types common in modern Britain.
It added that children were entitled to relationships and sex education inclusive of LGBT+ relationships, and stated it was important for schools to have a "clear dialogue with parents about the necessity of inclusive education".