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Compulsory education a victory for LGTB youth

by Editorial Staff in General , 11 februari 2012

Minister Van Bijsterveldt has decided to make education on gay and trans-sexuality compulsory in all schools in The Netherlands. This became clear during a debate in Parliament. The minister’s decision is a victory for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youngsters that often have a hard time in school. It is also a reward for years of effort of the COC.

‘The minister deserves a big compliment that in spite of several dilemmas, she decided to be persuaded by the interest of LGBT youngsters, the arguments of the COC, the motions in Parliament and the cry for help from all those thousands of people that have signed our national internet petition,’ says the COC chairperson.

‘Over eighty percent of the LGBT youth is in favor of more sexual education in schools and still two-thirds is not getting it. This is now finally going to change. The position of Gluts in The Netherlands will improve through it. In schools, but also in the neighborhood and at work.’

The Dutch Social and Cultural Planning Bureau came to the conclusion that LGBT youngsters have a hard time in school. Suicide levels are about five times higher amongst gay youth. Secondary school is not a safe place for young gays and bisexuals; there’s no escape from bullying and teasing.

COC has been calling for compulsory education in homosexuality and trans-sexuality in schools for years. Last week the COC sent out a last urgency call to parliament to make the education a compulsory element. Earlier this year COC campaigned during Gay Pride and in April it started the internet petition, which assembled over 10.000 signatures.

In 2009 parliament already accepted a D66 motion to make the education program compulsory but in 2011 minister Van Bijsterveldt said she didn’t want to comply. So a huge majority in parliament accepted another D66 motion with the same message in June 2011 and now, finally, the minister promised to comply.

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