Should LGBTQ+ History Be Taught in School - Pride Month 2024

In recent years, the inclusion of LGBTQ+ history in school curriculum has become a topic of significant debate. Some argue that teaching this history is essential for fostering a more inclusive and understanding society, while others often raise concerns about age-appropriateness and parental rights. Here are some reasons we think LGBTQ+ history should be taught in school.

Promoting Inclusivity and Understanding  

Teaching LGBTQ+ history helps create a more inclusive environment for all students. It acknowledges the contributions and struggles of individuals throughout history, ensuring that these narratives are not erased or overlooked. This inclusivity fosters understanding and acceptance, reducing prejudice and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.  

Providing Role Models  

For many students, finding a role model can be difficult – especially if they can’t relate to anyone in their history books. Learning about historical figures who share their identity can be incredibly empowering. It gives them role models and a feeling of fitting in, proving that they can also succeed despite obstacles in society. Learning about the achievements and significant contributions of Alan Turing, Harvey Milk, and Marsha P. Johnson among others can inspire and motivate students.  

Encouraging Critical Thinking  

Teaching LGBTQ+ history is essential for developing students' critical thinking skills. It provides students with key insights into often overlooked stories and experiences, prompting them to question how history is recorded and whose voices are included.  

By learning about LGBTQ+ figures and events left out of history, students see that historical records can be biased and incomplete. This helps them understand that history has many different viewpoints and encourages them to explore and find the true facts. 

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Parental Rights and Concerns

Some parents may disagree with the topic of LGBTQ+ history in schools. This can be because of religious reasons, or simply for personal reasons, but some will disagree. There are ways that schools can proactively work with parents to ensure effective learning and communication.  

Schools should be open and honest with parents about what there goal is when teaching LGBTQ+ history. Being open and honest about the content that will be shared with students give’s any parents who may be unsure about the topic a better understanding of what they will learn. It’s also important to allow parents to ask questions and gain information through open forums and resources.  

Addressing Bullying and Mental Health

According to a 2021 Just Like Us report, 42% of LGBT+ school pupils had been bullied in the past year, double the number of non-LGBT+ pupils (21%). LGBTQ+ students will often face higher rates of bullying, leading to an increase of mental health issues. Education about LGBTQ+ history can play a crucial role in addressing these problems. 

By normalising different identities and promoting respect, schools can create safer and more supportive environments. This education can reduce instances of bullying and improve the mental well-being of all students. 

Reflecting Modern Society  

2021 Census data revealed that more than 1.3 million people in England and Wales identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Our understanding of history and society is incomplete without recognising the contributions and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Modern society values diversity and inclusion, and our education system should reflect these values. Teaching LGBTQ+ history ensures that education is comprehensive and relevant to all students, preparing them for a diverse world.  


Incorporating LGBTQ+ history in school curriculum is not just about teaching facts; it's about shaping a more inclusive, understanding, and compassionate society. It provides students with a more complete view of history, encourages critical thinking, and promotes mental well-being. As we strive towards a more inclusive world, it is essential that our education system reflects and supports this goal. Teaching LGBTQ+ history is a vital step in this journey.  

If you are interested in fostering a more inclusive workplace, read our blog here: How to make your workplace more inclusive 

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