It is not compulsory for all schools in the UK to teach Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) Education and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), and the increasing numbers of academies and free schools in England are under no obligation to teach these subjects.
Young LGBT people are more likely than their non-LGBT peers to experience poor sexual and mental health, yet even where Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is taught, there is no requirement to talk about same sex relationships or gender-variance. This does great harm to young LGBT students who can feel alone, ignored and unprepared for their developing social and sexual life.
We want the Government to make PSHE and SRE compulsory in all schools and to ensure that the subject content is inclusive of LGBT young people.
Write to your MP and ask them to support the #WeExist campaign and stand up for the rights of LGBT young people. We've provided a template letter - but feel free to share your own experiences with your MP and to explain to them why this is so important to you.