The Prime Minister's message for School Diversity Week 2018

May 22, 2018

Thirty years after Section 28 banned the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools, the Prime Minister helped launch School Diversity Week 2018 with this special message.  

 

Everyone has a right to feel safe and happy at school. But when you're coming to terms with your sexuality, the classroom, the playground and the common room can sometimes be intimidating places. Having visible role models who have been there before and know how it feels can help give a young person the confidence to embrace who they are. And they can encourage everyone in school to be positive and accepting.

 

That's why I want to congratulate Just Like Us for running School Diversity Week. Thanks to the tireless work of campaigners like you, attitudes in this country have come a long way. 

 

But we all know there's more still to do. We need to eradicate homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and challenge stigma and hostility wherever it exists in our society. And we need to speak up for the human rights of LGBT people around the world, as I did at the Common Wealth Heads of Government Meeting last month. 

 

The truth is that we all do better and our whole country is enriched when we are free to be ourselves. So I wish Just Like Us and School Diversity Week 2018 every success. 

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