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A study has found that 95% of young people are not taught about LGBT relationships.
The survey, conducted by the sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, found that most young people have no education when it comes to LGBT sex and relationships.
The research, which surveyed over a thousand 16-25-year-olds, also found that 75% of them had never been informed about the issue of sexual consent. This is in direct contradiction to public opinion – 97% of people think that education around same-sex relationships should be taught in schools.
Legislation which requires all schools to teach sex education came into force earlier this year. While the bill doesn’t require LGBT relationships to be on the curriculum, Nick Gibb, Minister for Equalities, said he would argue for it to be on the agenda. The government is set to hold comprehensive discussions on the matter in 2018.
The Conservative MP, Will Wragg, held a discussion in Parliament which included speakers from a range of charities and from young people themselves. Wragg said ‘It was fantastic to hear first-hand from young people themselves about why we need compulsory Relationships and Sex Education in all school.’