Social Inclusion

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 28th May 2002.

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Photo of Nora Radcliffe Nora Radcliffe Liberal Democrat

Question S1W-25850

To ask the Scottish Executive how its personal care and social education policies will seek to tackle homophobia and homophobic attitudes.

Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

The Scottish Executive is committed to looking at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as part of its wider work on mainstreaming equality and promoting equal opportunities.

Following a meeting with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in autumn 2001 the, then, Minister for Health asked officials to convene a discussion forum to ensure that the particular health needs of these communities were identified and addressed. The group has met on three occasions and an agreed programme of work is now under way.

For young people, personal and social education offers opportunities to explore issues surrounding gender stereotypes, equal opportunities and discrimination, respect and caring both for self and others, and respect for individual differences.

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