Proposal to overhaul sex ed in schools to include LGBT relationships

Proposal to overhaul sex ed in schools to include LGBT relationships

New proposals to overhaul sex education in schools are being described as a matter of "life or death".

LGBT advocacy group BeLong To are welcoming plans that would see Gay, Lesbian and Transgender relationships being taught in Catholic schools.

A draft report from the Oireachtas Education Committee recommends all schools having to teach the new programme - regardless of their beliefs.

Director of BeLong To, Moninne Griffith, says students feel excluded at the moment.

"Addressing homophobic bullying, making schools safe and supportive is really a health matter,"

"It should be a priority for schools and for parents, this is really a matter of life or death to make our schools safe and supportive so that LGBT young people aren't self-harming or experiencing suicide ideation because they don't feel like they belong in schools."

Under the plans, schoolkids would be taught about LGBT relationships, without distinction to their heterosexual counterparts.

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