DO NOT REMOVE LGBT+ FROM RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION!
They tried but they failed! We are pleased that the petition to ban all references of LGBT+ people from Relationship Education in schools was rejected, and thank everyone who joined us in signing the counter petition!
Fact - LGBT+ people exist, we have existed right throughout time, and will continue to exist whether talked about or not! Exclusion from education will NOT result in a reduction in people who are LGBT+, it can only result in a lack of confidence to be who we are, increasing the potential for low mental health, self harm and suicide.
Primary schools are not required to teach LGBT content, but they can choose to teach it in an age-appropriate way. By signing the counter petition it helps voice how important inclusive education is! We must remember that it's not just our children who may identify as LGBT+, but there are young children who have 2 Mums, or a brother who they once thought was a sister, or a sister who has a girlfriend, or a Grandma they used to call Grandad, or an Uncle who's getting married to their new Uncle ...
Inclusive education helps promote understanding of diverse families, encourages respect, and supports emotional well-being. We must continue to stride towards inclusion, and not step back! The counter petition will continue to run until 20 July 2023.
BAN CONVERSION THERAPY!
Content warnings: conversion therapy, abuse, coercion, transphobia, psychological harm.
Cumbria Pride are proud to join many other organisations in the BCT Coalition, showing joint representation and support for a full ban in practice for ALL LGBT+ and end to such therapy in all forms. Conversion therapy does not work, and survivors can suffer from lifelong emotional damage. It is not therapy - it is abuse. It has to stop!
Still today, more than 1.5 million LGBT+ people in England and Wales remain at risk of these harmful attempts to ‘cure' us. Nearly 5 years since the UK Government first promised the ban this is still happening … including here in Cumbria!
Please email your MP today. It's time for action … no more delays, no excuses, and no loopholes! Click the link below for more information, including a prepared template email ready to send.