Madras High Court suggested changes in the school syllabus and university syllabus to educate students about LGBTQ.

The Madras High Court in a progressive move in Pride month suggested measures to sensitise people on the LGBTQIA+ community so that they are brought into the mainstream society. This included suggesting changes in the school curriculum to educate students on the same.

The court also banned any medical attempts to ‘cure’ sexual orientation. The sensitisation measures are for various branches of the State, including the police and the judiciary.

Justice N Anand Venkatesh rendered the judgement on a plea by a lesbian couple looking for protection from their relatives.

Suggestions to sensitise students about LGBTQIA+ community

The Madras High Court enlisted the following sensitisation measures for educational institutions regarding the

1. Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meetings should be used to sensitize parents on issues of LGBTQIA+ community and gender nonconforming students so as to ensure supportive families.

2. Necessary amendments should be made to policies and resources to include students belonging to LGBTQIA+ community in all spheres of school and college life. In this regard, the following suggestions were issued:

  • Ensure availability of gender-neutral restrooms for the gender-nonconforming student.
  • Change of name and gender on academic records for transgender persons.
  • Inclusion of ‘transgender’ in addition to M and F gender columns in application forms for admission, competitive entrance exams, etc.
  • Appointment of counsellors who are LGBTQIA+ inclusive, for the staffs and students to address grievances, if any, and to provide effective solutions for the same.

3. The appropriate government shall take effective steps to implement measures in relation to transgender persons as stipulated by Chapter VI of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 and Rule 10 of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020.

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