Jeremy Corbyn pledges to put gay history in the school curriculum

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to put LGBT history on the school curriculum and protect gay bars from property developers, as he launches his LGBT manifesto. Mr Corbyn is re-running for the party leadership amid a challenge from MP Owen Smith, and is expected to win a large majority. The leader today launched his LGBT+ Manifesto, which includes a number of radical pledges on equality. In addition to making inclusive Sex and Relationship Education compulsory in schools, Mr Corbyn says he …

Half of teachers ‘didn’t read’ government guidance on LGBT-inclusive education

(from Pink News) A report from the Time for Inclusive Education campaign has exposed the devastating impact of homophobic bullying. As pressure mounts for LGBT issues to be taught in all Scottish schools. the TIE campaign this week launched a report highlighting high rates of bullying, attempted suicide, self-harm and mental health issues among LGBT young people.   Of the 169 LGBT pupils and former pupils that took part in the survey, two-thirds said they felt homophobia was a problem at their school. 90 per cent …

Home Office Launches ‘Hate Crime Action Plan’

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called on communities across Britain to come together and stand united against those who use hate to divide us. Launching the hate crime action plan, published today (26 July 2016), she urged more victims of hate crime to come forward, so that the full scale of the challenge facing communities can be understood and tackled. Ms Rudd, who met campaigners – including LGBT+ equalities groups – working to combat hate crime today, announced that the hate …

Proud London – new youth group

Proud London is a weekly LGBTQ+ youth group and safe space for 16-25 year olds who live in London whether out or not.

Schools E-book Competition: design an early reader book

We have the rules finalised for our E-book competition. We’re asking schools around the country to design an early reader e-book that usualises LGBT people as well as others in the Equality Act’s list of protected characteristics. The competition is being run in conjunction with teaching union the ATL. Closing date 15th September 2014.

Schools Film Competition – Out And Inspirational

Schools Film Competition – Out And Inspirational. We have the rules finalised for our film competition. We’re asking schools around the country to make a short film about a British LGBT rights campaigner, plus the life of inspirational US campaigner Harvey Milk. The film is being run in conjunction with The Harvey Milk Foundation. Closing date 20th July 2014.

Schools OUT UK is Now a Charity!

We are delighted to announce that Schools OUT UK is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation after 40 years of campaigning for LGBT people in education!

Henceforth we shall work under the generic title LGBT History Month with a new logo and website; lgbthistorymonth.org.uk. This website and The Classroom will be incorporated into the new website.

This is a long term project so please bear with us while we move our materials over to the new site; and if you can’t find what you are looking for please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The faces of LGBT HM 2014 – Ethel Smyth

Valarie Morris, composer and founder of Sandscape Publications has published online a biography of Dame Ethel Smyth, one of the four ‘faces’ of LGBT History Month 2014. The site is a valuable resource for teachers considering celebrating HM next February, and are looking for ideas.