28 Macedonian non-government organisations and university professors have signed a petition calling on the country’s Culture Minister to remove references to homosexuality as an illness and a deviant behaviour from state elementary school texts.

Macedonian GLBT activist Koco Andonovski told Balkan Insight that teaching homophobic viewpoints as fact in schools would have a legacy that would be felt for generations.

“This creates new generations of homophobic people and, instead of fostering democratic values, stimulates a negative prejudice towards anyone who is not heterosexual,” Andonovski said.

Earlier this year, the parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic country was rebuked by the European Commission for leaving sexual orientation out of new anti-discrimination laws.

Members of Macedonia’s GLBT community took part in a march on World Tolerance Day on November 16 to call for reform in both areas.

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