Everyone has the fundamental right to education. Schools, therefore, should be safe, inclusive and supportive of all learners. This is still not the case for many young people who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex (LGBTQI). Despite substantial evidence of the serious and long-term effects of homophobic, transphobic and interphobic discrimination, the problem remains widespread across Europe and beyond.
IGLYO – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation has created the LGBTQI Inclusive Education Index to support national governments and civil society organisations within the Council of Europe to ensure the right to education for all. The Index is a valuable tool to evaluate the current levels of inclusion within each country, provide good practice examples and build international commitment on this important issue.
IGLYO worked with a group of international experts to create a comprehensive list of indicators by which to measure LGBTQI inclusion within state schools. An in-depth questionnaire was developed and sent to civil society organisations and education experts in each Council of Europe country. The data was then collated, reviewed and verified by IGLYO, international lawyers and partner organisations ILGA Europe, Transgender Europe and OII Europe. The full findings of the first edition can be found on this site.