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LGBTI+ rights

Spotlight

As education trade unions, we play a critical role in promoting inclusion and diversity in our schools, and protecting the fundamental rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and other sexually and gender diverse (LGBTI+) members and students.

We believe every teacher and education support personnel is entitled to work free from discrimination and violence regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics.

Schools where LGBTI+ students face abuse, including physical violence, social isolation, humiliation, and death threats result in feelings of unsafety, missed school days, reduced chances of academic success, and increased instances of suicide or self-harm.

Education unions can, and must, play a key role in the struggle for equal rights and quality education for all.

This starts with access to education but goes far beyond to include the content of education, which must challenge harmful stereotypes and gender norms through curricula, pedagogy, teaching methods and teaching materials, including age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education that is based on science.

We advocate for inclusive education systems and school communities where LGBTI+ students, teachers, and their families feel welcome, safe, valued, and respected. Education International calls on governments, educators, and unions around the world to commit to creating safe, inclusive spaces for all learners, so that they can help each and every student to truly thrive.

Education International is a proud member of the LGBTI+ Working Group of the Council of Global Unions.

Our work for LGBTI+ rights

  1. Trade union rights are human rights 20 October 2023

    Workers exchange strategies for inclusive trade unions and education systems

    Trade unionists gathered for the 6th Education International (EI)/Public Services International (PSI) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)+ Forum held on 13 October in Geneva, Switzerland, reaffirming the need for workers, including in the public education sector, to show promising practices on how trade unions are , protecting LGBT+ rights,...

    Read more Workers exchange strategies for inclusive trade unions and education systems
  2. Equity and inclusion 17 May 2023

    IDAHOBIT 2023: Everyone belongs in our unions!

    On May 17th, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), Education International (EI) renews its commitment to human rights, respect, social justice, dignity for all, and solidarity.

    Read more IDAHOBIT 2023: Everyone belongs in our unions!
  3. Equity and inclusion 17 May 2023

    Who our students see

    Anthony Brisson

    As an educator who taught at the secondary and university levels, I quickly realized education support personnel (ESP) are the glue to our public schools. ESP are often the first people our students see when they are going to school, and the last people our students see when they get...

    Read more Who our students see
  4. Equity and inclusion 13 March 2023

    Education unions urge governments to fund inclusive education

    “Unions are a place for inclusion”, Australian Education Union (AEU) Federal Secretary Kevin Bates told participants at the Diversity in Education Conference, a Sydney WorldPride event. Education unions from around the world took part in the Sydney WorldPride, a two weeklong celebration of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender...

    Read more Education unions urge governments to fund inclusive education
  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2 March 2023

    From “private affairs” to a statutory Queer Committee in the union

    Bodo Busch

    LGBTI rights in the workplace are human rights and therefore a genuine union issue. The conditions and ways to defend them are very different around the globe. For the German Education & Sciences Union (GEW), the path started from grassroots groups after a reform of the penal code in 1972...

    Read more From “private affairs” to a statutory Queer Committee in the union
more: Our work for LGBTI+ rights

Council of Global Unions LGBTI+ Working Group

  1. Equity and inclusion

    Global Unions LGBTI Workers: Strategy Roundtable Report

    3 April 2023

    The Global Unions LGBTI Workers project convened a strategy roundtable in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in early December 2022. Representatives of global union federations, their affiliated trade unions, labour movement solidarity organisations, and allies gathered at De Burcht, the former headquarters of the Diamond Workers Union, hosted by Mondiaal FNV and Netwerk...

    Global Unions LGBTI Workers: Strategy Roundtable Report
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Our policy

  1. Trade union rights are human rights 17 May 2023

    IDAHOBIT 2023: Everyone belongs in our unions!

    On May 17th, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), Education International (EI) renews its commitment to human rights, respect, social justice, dignity for all, and solidarity.

    Read more IDAHOBIT 2023: Everyone belongs in our unions!