Last week, Japan’s Education Ministry updated its bullying prevention policy to include LGBTQ students.
The updated Basic Policy for the Prevention of Bullying now calls for teachers to be trained to handle LGBTQ issues.
The policy, quoted in Gay Star News, now suggests that schools “promote proper understanding of teachers on… sexual orientation/gender identity as well as make sure to inform on the school’s necessary measures regarding this matter.”
It’s a big step in the right direction. Formerly, Japan had a huge problem with anti-LGBTQ bullying. A recent survey found that more than half of LGBTQ students are bullied in school in Japan. Of those, 67% said teachers didn’t help them.
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