Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that gay history month could very well make it’s way to the national curriculum.
He spoke on this during a speech at the Pink News awards, and pledged a Labour government that will update the school curriculum to better include LGBT issues. During his keynote at the awards show, Corbyn was asked if schools could have a gay history month, similar to Black History Month.
He said: “There could be that, or there could be part of the core curriculum to understand the change in law, the way in which we have changed homosexual law from the illegality of homosexual acts until the 1960’s, when the original homosexual law reform came in.”
“Then through to the period when same sex marriage was agreed by Parliament two years ago. I want it to become part of the norm of discussion in schools, so discussing it in literature, discussing it in history, so that we don’t treat it as separate.”
Corbyn also discussed something that’s a bit of a hot topic right now; which is issuing apologies to the gay men who were convicted under historic laws. He said that if he were PM, he would be issuing an apology to all the people effected.
He also stressed the need to teach the persecution of such people as Alan Turing and Oscar Wilde, not just their successes.
“To say, ‘well look, Oscar Wilde was a gay man, Oscar Wilde wrote great poetry, great literature, and suffered the most appalling treatment’. As did Alan Turing, who was chemically castrated, which is unbelievable in this day and age. So, bring forward those figures as the heroes they were of the time, and help to bring forward an atmosphere of people respecting each others sexuality.”
Naturally, he was asked by those attending whether or not this could provoke criticism. He said: “It might well, but then I do remember a time when there was great controversy over all kinds of legislation that has now become the norm in our lives. Let’s get a new generation to rejoice at the huge contribution LGBT people have made throughout history.”