Students what more LGBTI workshops

Over 95% of students aged 12-15 want secondary schools to offer LGBTI workshops, according to a study commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Rainbow Youth. In 2013, Rainbow Youth's diversity education workshops which have been around since the 1990s but never formally evaluated...

Rainbow Youth is a national organisation, founded in 1989 that promotes the acceptance and celebration of diversity of sexuality in New Zealand. It is governed entirely by youth (aged under 27 years).

More than 200 students from a range of public schools in Auckland participated in the study, Educating for Diversity, which has just been published in Australasian Psychiatry, a journal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

To be included in the study, participants were Year 9 or 10 students from two selected schools in Auckland and the workshops were conducted as part of the sexuality content of students' timetabled health classes

The workshops took place over a six week period, both schools were co-educational metropolitan Auckland schools.

Aych McArdle, education director of Rainbow Youth, says the results come at an important time, with recently released information showing New Zealand's suicide toll at its highest since records began.

Studies also show queer young people are five times more likely than their heterosexual peers to commit suicide and sexuality-based bullying is commonplace in secondary schools.

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