Madras High Court suggests changes to school and university curriculum for LGBTQ education of students
The Madras High Court has suggested changes in the school curriculum and the university curriculum to educate students about LGBTQ.
The Madras High Court has suggested changes in the school curriculum and the university curriculum to educate students about LGBTQ. (representative image)
The Madras High Court, in a phased approach during Pride Month, has suggested measures to raise awareness of the LGBTQIA + community so that they are integrated into mainstream society. This included suggesting changes in the school curriculum to educate students on the same topic.
The court also banned any medical attempt to “cure” sexual orientation. Awareness-raising measures concern various branches of the state, in particular the police and the judiciary.
Judge N Anand Venkatesh delivered the judgment on the plea of ââa lesbian couple seeking to protect themselves from their loved ones.
Suggestions for educating students about the LGBTQIA + community
The Madras High Court has requested the following awareness measures for educational institutions regarding the LGBTQIA + community:
1. Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meetings should be used to educate parents on issues of the LGBTQIA + community and gender non-conforming students to ensure support for families.
2. The necessary changes should be made to policies and resources to include students belonging to the LGBTQIA + community in all spheres of school and college life. In this regard, the following suggestions were made:
- Ensure the availability of non-sexist toilets for the non-gender-compliant student.
- Change of name and gender on school records of transgender people.
- Inclusion of âtransgenderâ in addition to gender columns H and F in admission application forms, entrance exams, etc.
- Appointment of counselors who are LGBTQIA + included, for staff and students to address grievances, if any, and provide effective solutions for the same.
3. The competent government shall take effective measures to implement measures relating to transgender people, as stipulated by Chapter VI of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 and Rule 10 of the 2020 Rules on Transgender People. transgender people (protection of rights).
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