Gay and lesbian teachers have been a taboo in schools up to now. The SPÖ wants to change this. At the regional party conference, they decided about a legal proposal in order to support these teachers.
The Social democrats demand more “sexual variety” in the teacher education. Education plans and training materials would have to be adjusted.
According to the proposal, many teachers struggle with clichés and prejudices. The education should contain a “seminar offer in regards to questions of sexual orientation and gender identities”.
The SPÖ also demands a post where lesbian, gay and transgender teachers can get advice.
However, ÖVP education spokesperson Isabella Leeb stated that it is not about sexual orientation but about qualifications.