Henry Hepburn

Why Scottish dancing is out of step with LGBT rights

Experts question the use of social dance in PE as pupils and teachers report widespread bullying

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Equality campaigners have warned that Scottish country dancing is one of the school activities most likely to lead to LGBT pupils being bullied by their peers – and the chair of the national body for PE teachers has questioned whether it should be practised in school at all.

The boy pulled his top over his hand so he didn't have to touch the 'gay boy'

Social dance is on the curriculum across schools in Scotland and is seen by many as a unique rite of passage.

But Hugh Torrance, executive director of Leap Sports Scotland, told TESS that his charity received many requests for help from ...

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