Monday, Nov. 18, will mark a special day in the UK: the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28. Introduced by Margaret Thatcher's government in 1988, Section 28 prohibited authorities in England and Wales from "promoting" homosexuality.
I left school in 2002, one year before Britain's Section 28 was repealed. For the entirety of my primary and secondary education, schools and teachers, banned from "promoting homosexuality," simply didn't discuss homophobia or highlight information that could have helped LGBT young people.
As I slowly became aware of politics, I admired Thatcher, like many others did, as a "strong leader." It was only after I discovered I was gay and studied politics that I realized her policies were, in fact, anti-gay.