Shock as LGBT charity says it faces closure

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TIE's Jordan Daly and Liam Stevenson

Time for Inclusive Education says it could shut unless funding is found for its core work

3rd April 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

An award winning LGBT charity has warned that it is facing closure.

TIE - Time for Inclusive Education - highlights issues facing gay, lesbian and transgender people in education.

Last week, TFN reported TIE had won the 2019 Amplifying Unheard Voices title at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s 2019 National Campaigner Awards for its work around securing LGBT-inclusive education.

However the charity has warned that it is facing an uncertain future unless core funding is secured.

The campaign was founded by Jordan Daly and Liam Stevenson, on the belief that LGBT history, role models and equalities should be taught in schools in order to tackle prejudice and bullying.

In 2017, the Scottish Parliament endorsed TIE's proposals for LGBT issues to be taught in schools, and the Scottish Government began to work with the charity to develop policy recommendations.

This led to Scotland becoming the first country in the world to adopt LGBT-inclusive education.

 

However in a social media post this week, the campaign said closure is a possibility unless money is secured to allow its core operations to continue.

The post said: “Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful in finding a core funding source thus far.

“We are now considering our options for the future, which may lead to the dissolution of TIE.

“This is not the news we hope to share with our partner organisations or with all of the schools and colleges who are patiently waiting of confirmation of whether we will be able to work with them. We will update the situation in the coming days.”

The campaign says more than 100 schools and many local authorities have been looking to work with it.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We are carefully considering all options to further support the TIE Campaign in its important work with schools in Scotland."