Schools OUT UK’s submission to the Law Commission on hate crime

Our thanks to GALOP for their help in producing this document. December 2020 Schools OUT UK submission to the Law Commission on hate crime 1 Schools OUT UK Schools OUT UK is an education charity that began life as The Gay Teachers Association in 1974. Our overarching goal is to make our schools and educational institutions safe spaces for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities as teachers, lecturers and trainers; as pupils and students; as parents; as teaching …

International Trans Remembrance Day

Today (20th November) is the annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. In the last year 238 trans people have been murdered worldwide. SOUK’s Andrew Dobbin has written ‘Trans – The forgotten strand?’ , looking at Trans issues from an employment and educational viewpoint.

Sue and Andrew on BBC Radio London/ Sue on LBC Radio

(7th November) on the Vanessa Feltz radio programme SOUK co-chair Sue Sanders and Sean Dellenty, of Inclusion For All led a phone-in on the use of the word ‘gay’ in schools. This programme went further asking whether teachers should be ‘out’ at schools. Promotions Officer Andrew Dobbin also made a contribution.

Childhood bullying ‘damages adult life’

Bullying in childhood “throws a long shadow” into victims’ adult lives, suggests research indicating long-term negative consequences for health, job prospects and relationships. – The BBC News website has published an article By Sean Coughlan, education correspondent

Academies are”responsible for ensuring their own compliance” in dealing with homophobia

On 23 April in the House of Commons, Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, asked the Secretary of State for Education what residual duties local authorities retain in relation to ensuring academy schools comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty in relation to addressing homophobic bullying. Edward Timpson, Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, replied: “…Under the Equality Act 2010, local authorities have a duty not to discriminate when …

Jewish Schools Tackling Homophobia

Jewish LGBT-rights group Keshet UK have made a considerable symbolic move by having the “Some people are gay. Get over it” campaign poster translated into Hebrew and hung at a Jewish school in London.