As education trade unions, we play a critical role in promoting inclusion and diversity in our schools, and protecting the fundamental rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and other sexually and gender diverse (LGBTI+) members and students.
We believe every teacher and education support personnel is entitled to work free from discrimination and violence regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics.
Schools where LGBTI+ students face abuse, including physical violence, social isolation, humiliation, and death threats result in feelings of unsafety, missed school days, reduced chances of academic success, and increased instances of suicide or self-harm.
Education unions can, and must, play a key role in the struggle for equal rights and quality education for all.
This starts with access to education but goes far beyond to include the content of education, which must challenge harmful stereotypes and gender norms through curricula, pedagogy, teaching methods and teaching materials, including age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education that is based on science.
We advocate for inclusive education systems and school communities where LGBTI+ students, teachers, and their families feel welcome, safe, valued, and respected. Education International calls on governments, educators, and unions around the world to commit to creating safe, inclusive spaces for all learners, so that they can help each and every student to truly thrive.