Poll: 6% of British people think Section 28 was Margaret Thatcher’s biggest failure

YouGov have released a poll reflecting the divisive nature of Margaret Thatcher’s politics, which revealed that 6% of British people thought that Section 28, a law banning the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools, was her worst policy ever.

The Conservative former prime minister died on Monday, aged 87 from a stroke.

Her politics on gay issues proved to be divisive for the LGBT community. She voted for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967; however, her government  in 1987 introduced Section 28.

Schools OUT Co-Chair said: “To many young people Section 28 may seem like ancient history but its legacy remains as a mythical perception that lesbians, gays, bisexual and trans people are unmentionable in the classroom. We – as campaigners – are still battling to break down the barriers of silence that have been built up around our communities. That’s why we created LGBT History Month and The Classroom and it is why our work is so important today.

“Furthermore, we must remember that the homophobic and transphobic acts of parliament that have been introduced to silence and censor LGBT people, materials and organisations in St Petersburg and other parts of Russia are based on Section 28. This act was the precedent for homophobic and transphobic laws being issued to shut our communities up today.

“Of course, to the wider community, Section 28 may take second place to other acts associated with the Thatcher regimes, such as the destruction of the miners and the trades union movement, the creation of long term mass unemployment, the privatisation of the state’s assets and the sale of our council houses. The poll tax must logically be her biggest mistake as it brought her downfall.

“But to the LGBT community Section 28 was devastating because it stated that in the eyes of the law we were inferior and it stated that in the eyes of the education system we were unspeakable.”

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