Olly Alexander opens up about school experience following Stonewall research

The lead singer of Years & Years, Olly Alexander, has opened up about his experiences of school following research conducted by nfpSynergy, commissioned by Stonewall.

Stonewall, the leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, found widespread support among the British public for LGBT-inclusive education in its latest research project.

The research found that most British people (60 per cent) believe that it’s right to teach primary school children about different kinds of families, including same-sex parenting.

The figures have been released one year before LGBT-inclusive education is rolled out across English schools

From September next year, all secondary schools will be required to teach about sexual orientation and gender identity, and all primary schools will teach about different families, which can include LGBT families.

Olly Alexander, lead singer of Years & Years said: ‘When I was at school there was hardly any mention of LGBT people or our history. It was like we didn’t exist.”

“I had an inkling I was gay from a young age and felt extremely afraid of what that would mean for me. LGBT-inclusive education would have made a huge difference in my life. All schools need LGBT-inclusive education, it can and will save lives. Every young person deserves an education that shows them it’s OK to just be themselves and that no matter someone’s sexuality or gender identity they deserve respect.’”

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