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'I just want to feel special to someone': Gay 15-year-old kills himself after chronicling his unhappiness online

The Mail Online

A teenage boy has committed suicide after pouring out his difficulties of  being a gay teenager on the Internet.

Jamie Hubley wrote openly about depression, bullying and self-harm on his blog until he took his own life on Saturday.

The 15-year-old, from Ottawa in Canada, had spent weeks writing troubling messages and posting images, while saying that his medication for depression wasn't working.

His blog, entitled You Can't Break When You're Already Broken, is a catalogue of the 10th grade student's desperate pleas.

In a heartbreaking message three days ago, he wrote: 'I'm a casualty of love... I hit rock f****** bottom, fell through a crack, now I'm stuck.'

He had previously written: 'I just want to feel special to someone.'

His father Allan Hubley, a councillor for the Kanata South district of the city, wrote on his Twitter page after his son's death: 'Thank you to all the people sending us messages. Their love for Jamie will keep us going in our time of need.'

A close friend of the schoolboy, Stephanie Wheeler told the Ottawa Citizen: 'From the outside, he looked like the happiest kid. He was always smiling and giving everybody hugs in the halls.

'I just remember him wanting a boyfriend so bad, he'd always ask me to find a boy for him. I think he wanted someone to love him for who he was.'

A Facebook page has been set up in Jamie's honour while fellow students  are planning a memorial performance at his school A.Y. Jackson Secondary.

The tragic suicide of Jamie Hubley comes as Heroes star Zachary Quinto revealed on his blog at the weekend that he was gay in light of the suicide of another schoolboy.

Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, ended his life in September after being severely bullied because he was homosexual.

The actor wrote: 'In light of Jamey's death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.

'Gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying.'

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of ten and 24 and disproportionately affects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Lady Gaga has called for bulling to be made illegal while author and columnist Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project is supported by millions worldwide and received submissions from President Obama, Anne Hathaway, Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Hathaway.

 

Suicide A Higher Risk For LGBTQ Students

Third Age.com

When it comes to suicide, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are at greater risk than others of thoughts and attempts, U.S. researchers say.

Joseph Robinson and Dorothy Espelage, both educational psychologists in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, found LGBTQ youth were bullied more by their peers and were at higher risk of truancy than straight youth, UPI.com reported.

The study was based on anonymous online surveys of more than 13,000 middle- and high-school students in Dane County, Wis. The survey included a set of eight questions with low-probability responses that were used to screen out mischievous responders, the researchers said.

More than 7 percent of straight youth reported thinking about suicide during the prior 30 day period, versus 33 percent of LGBTQ students, the study said.

Bisexual youth were at especially high risk at 44 percent. Bisexual youth were at elevated risk of suicide attempts, with more than 21 percent reporting they had made at least one attempt during the prior year, Robinson and Espelage said.

The study, published in the journal Educational Researcher, found nearly twice as many LGBTQ students as straight students - 39 percent versus 20 percent -- reported having been bullied, threatened or harassed over the Internet. Bisexual youth reported the highest levels of victimization, 49 percent, among sexual minority youth.

Why can't we stop bullying? Click here to join the discussion.

 

Black school boys deliberately underperform to avoid looking gay, says expert

The head of the Jamaican Teachers' Association has said that black boys deliberately under-perform in school to avoid looking effeminate.

Peter Lloyd

The head of the Jamaican Teachers' Association has said that black boys deliberately under-perform in school to avoid looking effeminate.

Speaking at a National Union of Teachers-sponsored event in Bristol, Adolph Cameron said that academic success was often seen as "gay".

"Education... takes second place to notions of entrepreneurship as, predominantly our young men, get involved in the informality of what the University of the West Indies academics, Witter and Gayle, have called a 'hustle culture'," he said.

In an interview with the BBC News website, Cameron added: "That notion of masculinity says that if as a male you aspire to perform highly it means you are feminine, even to the extent of saying you are gay.

"But in the context of Jamaica, which is so homophobic, male students don't want to be categorised in that way so that they would deliberately underperform in order that they are not."

He continued: "I would not be surprised if here in England the same or similar things occur in terms of how they feel about themselves and how they respond to and with respect to the society around them.

"Boys are more interested in hustling, which is a quick way of making a living, rather than making the commitment to study. This is a supposed to be a street thing which is a male thing.

"The influence of this attitude towards masculinity seems to be having a tremendous impact on how well African-Caribbean and Jamaican males do.

"There's a fear of being categorised as gay in a society where homophobia is so strong."

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, told the BBC: "There are obviously issues for black boys both in Jamaica and the UK. We need system-wide reform to ensure that the system does not disadvantage black boys.

"Experience tells us that some black boys do achieve, and what we have to do is replicate those systems which enabled them to achieve success."

 

"UK lesbian artists band together to combat homophobic bullying"

On the weekend of the 21st October the UK's leading lesbian artists got together at Dean Street Studios in Soho, London to record a song which will help raise awareness and money for charities which work to combat homophobic bullying in young people. "We are all so very happy with the single, the weekend in the studio couldn't have been any better, it was an emotional yet really fun weekend with everyone working together" says Georgey Payne.

The L Project is gathering growing support from both gay and straight communities across the UK and beyond.  'The enthusiasm is amazing!' says Georgey Payne, creator of the L Project, and singer-songwriter for UK lesbian band Greymatter, 'we're finding that most people know of, or have been affected by this issue, and just want to join in and help in whatever way they can' .

Georgey herself was moved to action by the experiences of a young gay friend: 'I noticed one night that he was worried about going home after work, and when I asked he told me that he was being bullied.  Being a songwriter, the best way I could think of to help raise money and awareness to prevent this kind of thing happening was to write a song, and then I asked the most talented UK lesbian artists I know to get together and record it for charity, and they all said yes - without hesitation'.

The song is called 'Breathing Life' and will be released in February 2012 as a digital download.  Set to a powerful and catchy melody, the lyrics talk about the challenges of growing up gay, but the central message is one of hope: it gets better.  This message is at the core of one of Stonewall's charity campaigns 'It Gets Better Today', and is also the message that the Diversity Role Models charity is helping spread through their work in schools.  Both these charities will benefit directly from sales of the single. There will also be a music video to accompany the charity single, with BSL interpreters.

Although similar projects also exists in other countries, especially the US, the L Project is focused on raising awareness and money in the UK.  'If the song sells beyond the UK, that would be fantastic', says Georgey, 'as long as all the money raised continues to go towards UK charities who help prevent young gay people from being bullied - that's the focus of the L Project.

To read the full Press Release Click Here

 

Launch Of “The Education Equality Curriculum Guide”

THE RAINBOW PROJECT AND CARA-FRIEND CALL FOR EQUALITY LAWS TO BE EXTENDED TO SCHOOLS AND LAUNCH CURRICULUM GUIDE HELPING TEACHERS TACKLE HOMOPHOBIA IN SCHOOLS

Today (Wednesday 12th October) The Rainbow Project and Cara-Friend launch their report on education in Northern Ireland and their Education Equality Curriculum Guide for Teachers.

The Education Equality Curriculum Guide, which has been produced by Cara-Friend’s Education Training Officer, Joanna Cowley, helps teachers reduce homophobic bullying in schools by integrating positive principles that challenge prejudice and promote inclusion.

Requested by and written for teachers, the Guide provides lesson plans, resources and background information.

For more information and to download the guide, click here

Campaigner combats school homophobia

via EastLondonLines

Lesbian campaigner, Sue Sanders, is encouraging schools in Croydon to promote gay and lesbian rights in order to combat the issue of homophobia and bullying.

Sanders is one of the founders of Schools OUT an activist group campaigning for gay rights and challenging homophobia. Speaking at Friends’ Meeting House in Croydon she said: “We are not sorted in our schools. Recent studies suggest that our young LGBT people are fifty per cent more likely than other young people, to attempt suicide”.

Sanders’ current campaign for equality in the classroom is a response to the increase in suicides in the LGBT community.

She said: “ I saw the power of Black History month and I saw what it did to schools”. Ms Sanders aims to prevent homophobia and discrimination against minority groups in schools. She said: “It all needs to begin in the classroom”.

Sanders addresses the need for schools and teachers to include equality in the curriculum and school activities for Lesbian, Gay transexual and bi-sexual young people, ‘If they recognize different groups of people across the curriculum and start celebrating diversity and becoming aware and not frightened of differences in the community, ignorance just wouldn’t exist in society.”

A survey by Stonewall, a lobbying group that aims to prevent attacks on the LGBT community found that almost two thirds (65 per cent) of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools. Organizations such as Stonewall and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are trying to minimise homophobic abuse and educate teachers on how to tackle the issue in the classroom.

Lorna Hunt of The Bridge LGBT youth club in Croydon said that in some cases teachers are more homophobic than the pupils.

She also said: ‘Some teachers are unconfident about tackling the issue of homophobia’.

Sanders added that the reception of the campaign against homophobia and inequality in schools in Croydon varies. While some schools are willing to combat homophobia and bullying in schools, others are not, however her goal is to eliminate bullying and abuse and establish equality in the classrooms and schools for LGBT people and other minority groups.

Free Schools and Academies: A risk to LGBT equality gains?

via ToUCHStone

This Government’s Free Schools and Academies programme could be putting in jeopardy some of the massive steps forward that the last decade has seen on equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

The equal civil rights for LGBT people that were brought in under the previous Government have been accompanied by an increased awareness of the continuing problem of homophobic bullying in schools, and the persistence of homophobic attitudes among many young people.

But the setting up of Free Schools and Academies with a licence to disregard the requirements of current good educational practice may end up creating islands of homophobia – schools where pupils, their parents and teachers are subject to ongoing discrimination and prejudice without challenge...READ MORE

Critically acclaimed student film breaks new boundaries

At the end of June, the year 10 Creative and Media Diploma students of 2011 had the premiere of their film “Homophobia - Our Closeted Education”. The film received an outstanding response and was said to be one of the most professional films made by students. This was an amazing collaboration between The Magna Carta School, The Creative and Media Diploma students from the Runnymede and Elmbridge consortium alongside Scallywag Pictures of Shepperton Studios.

Read More at the Magna Carta School

I think my son might be gay

Q&A with John Sharry of the Irish Times

"While it is impossible for you to know from the outside what your son’s sexual orientation is (this is something private for him to work out) it is good that as a parent you are trying to be sensitive to him about this important issue."

Click Here for the Full Story

Hidden in plain sight. Inquiry into disability-related harassment

The EHRC has published an important report  - Disability Harassment Inquiry - It is an important document in the process of enabling people to recognise the appalling situation of many of our disabled people in the UK.
We at Schools OUT have for many years tried to raise the issue that if you do not make visible the groups that are stigmatised and negatively stereotyped and usualise their existence across the curriculum, then we are not doing our job as educators.
We are keen to support the work that the report recommends in the recognition that as LGBT people we are members of many other groups and that to eliminate bullying and harassment of one group we need to work to educate out bullying across the board. You can find the whole report at http://www.equalityhumanrights.com
and the specific recommendations and information on schools here

Our new website the Classroom is part of the process of this vital work.

 

Mother of transgender girl says adults, not children, taunt her

The mother of a ten-year-old transgender girl in Worcester has told how adults, rather than children, taunt and harass her daughter.

The 36-year-old woman, who has not been named to protect her daughter’s identity, told the Worcester News that while the girl’s classmates had largely accepted her, other parents and adults had not.

The ten-year-old was born physically male and has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Her family took the decision over the summer to allow her to return to school as a girl and say her headteacher has been “fantastic” about the issue.

More on Pink News Here

 

L.A. school board moves to include LGBT people in curriculum

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved a plan to include more positive images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in lesson plans.

The move, sponsored by board member Steve Zimmer, comes after the state passed a law mandating that textbooks and history lessons include the contributions of gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

The vote was 6-0, with board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte absent.

More on L.A. News here


Tennessee school climate data: LGBT youth at risk

School Climate in Tennessee shows that Tennessee students face physical and verbal assaults because of their sexual orientation or gender expression and regularly hear anti-gay slurs from students and staff. The findings are based on the Tennessee students who participated in GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey. The survey also found that while most could identify at least one supportive educator, very few had access to any LGBT-inclusive resources or curriculum at school.

“LGBT students face disturbing levels of victimization in Tennessee. We hope this new research will be a wake-up call to Tennessee leaders that more needs to be done to ensure that LGBT students are safe and have an equal opportunity to learn,” said Karyn Storts-Brinks, Co-Chair of the GLSEN East Tennessee Chapter. “Students are clearly saying educators and policymakers are not doing enough to stop anti-LGBT bullying and harassment.”

More at Out and About Newspaper here

 

Call for New Zealand school to back gay students

A gay man in New Zealand has urged his former school to create a support group for gay and bisexual students. Luke Hinkley, 31, called for a Queer Straight Alliance, similar to those in schools in North America, to be set up at Marlborough Boys' College. A Marlborough Express story by Ian Allan


Academia 'has ignored LGBT issues'

A new National Union of Students report says that LGBT issues have been "actively cut out" of education and academia. Jessica Geen writes in Pink News


Join the NUT & Love Music Hate Homophobia floats for Pride
Brighton this Saturday & Manchester August 27

The NUT has been co-hosting floats to take part in Pride events this year. An NUT/ Love Music Hate Homophobia float will be in the parades of Brighton Pride Saturday 13 August and Manchester Pride Saturday 27 August.

For Brighton, this Saturday they need a team of people to help decorate the bus at 10:30am, as well as six wheel stewards.

If you are interested in supporting the Union's presence at these events please contact
Rachel Galea-Baker at r.galea@nut.org.uk
for further details.

Find out more on the LMHH Facebook Page


Girls school bans lesbian partners

Students at a leading Perth girls school have launched a campaign for the right to bring same-sex partners to their school formal... Herald Sun story


What sort of history should school history be?

Sue Sanders at the historical association, making the point that history has lied by omission.
Historical Association Debate Podcast (On that page see "3.8 Audience reponse")


Homelessness More Common Among LGBT Teens - US Study

Homelessness is much more common among US gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers than among their heterosexual counterparts, according to a study of Massachusetts high school students...
Medical News Today article


Schools Out named-checked in Nick Gibbs speech

Schools Minister Nick Gibb's speech to Stonewall's Education for All Conference, July 2011.
Video and text on DfE website


California Lawmakers Pass Bill To Teach LGBT History In Schools

Rather than spending a single month coloring in rainbows and drawings of Harvey Milk, it seems LGBT history would be integrated into existing social studies curriculum. Senator Mark Leno, who authored the bill, has said he hopes the new law will help...
Jezebel article


Homophobia 'rife' in Luton schools

Nearly all teachers have witnessed homophobic abuse in Luton schools with many members of staff admitting to having been subjected to taunts themselves, according to a new NUT survey.
Luton Today


No 'him' or 'her' - preschool fights gender bias

At the Egalia preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 kids as "friends" rather than girls and boys.
Yahoo news


LGBT in school: 'I lost a lot of my friends'

"Mama thinks you're gay," Tempest Cartwright's younger sister told her as they walked to Wendy's one day. Tempest, who was 15 at that time, told her "That's ... 'cause I am."
Elizabeth Landau writes at CNN


Gay teens more likely to smoke, drink: study

Gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students are more likely than heterosexual students to engage in such risky behavior as smoking, drinking alcohol and carrying guns, a new report shows.
Reuters article


Schools Out organises history trip to Berlin

We are organising a guided tour of Berlin from 27-30 August. The tour offers a heady mix of leading academic interpretations, first hand testimony from 'survivors', visits to the key sites and artefacts associated with this amazing city. The fee for the tour is 55, excluding travel and accommodation.

The tour aims to celebrate and remember the unique role played by millions of German people in the creation of today's world-wide LGBT community: from the optimism of the early days, through the visible diversity of the Weimar Republic; then from the bloody suppression of the Nazi era to today's vibrant and re-established Gay Berlin.

Organiser Jeff Evans commented, "Germany, and Berlin in particular, is the cultural and political birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement. This guided tour is a unique opportunity to enrich your understanding of our collective past. It will do much to remove the imposed silence of our upbringing and bring you closer to that past and face to face with the modern Germany that is doing so much to re-claim and celebrate our rich history."

Recently, the president and vice president of the National Union of Teachers visited Berlin, where they toured a multicultural school to see how equality and diversity are taught and met some of the city's experts in LGBT education. After the school tour, they visited the Tiergarten park, where they laid a wreath at the monument to the gay victims of the Nazis.

Gill Goodswen, former NUT president, was moved by the memorial ceremony, "We honour the memory of the men who were forced to wear the pink triangle, persecuted because of who they loved. We honour them by re-dedicating ourselves to protecting and celebrating those, especially the next generations, who are still today persecuted and stigmatised because of that love. We also pay tribute to a society that marks past injustice by promoting equality work such as we heard of and witnessed this morning."

Nina Franklin, NUT president, commented, "I was especially interested by the lesson focus on the similarities between racism and homophobia. The very positive reaction by the young, largely Muslim, audience dramatically exposes the offensive generalisation that Islam and social tolerance are somehow incompatible. Go and try telling these young Berlin Muslims that particular lie!"

Sue Sanders, Schools Out co-chair, was proud to be a member of the NUT, "I think this is truly wonderful and we are thrilled that the NUT - and in particular the present and previous women presidents - are taking a lead on the issue so seriously and with a clear, professional focus. The school visit complements a project that both Schools Out and LGBT History Month are doing with partners in Europe. We are thrilled by the NUT's support, and we hope to learn from their experience, in planning our study trip in August."


California Elementary School Uses Lesbian Lizards and Clownfish to Teach Gender Diversity

Students in California-based Redwood Heights Elementary School are taught lessons about gender differences as part of a larger effort to control bullying in school. The state of California requires schools to implement plans to address student safety in relation to conflicts that arise from gender issues.
Toby Grant writes in International Business Times


New Wording in 'Don't Say Gay' Bill Elicits Approval by US Senate

One state representative is doing all that he can to curb the talk on gays and lesbians in American state schools. Labeled as the "don't say gay" bill by opponents, Senate Bill 49 - which prohibits the teaching of homosexuality to elementary and middle school students - passed 19-11 in the Senate on Friday, after the main sponsor added an amendment limiting its range.
Eryn Sun writes in Christian Post


Peer Productions - a Community Interest Company Make Plays Change Lives

Peer Productions is a youth arts training company specialising in peer Education through theatre and film. They have been selected by Surrey Community Foundation as a showcase community group on localgiving.com.

This means you can easily donate to support their work. Donations made through localgiving.com mean Peer Productions can claim gift aid and the you can declare a charitable donation when you file a tax return. This is a particularly challenging time for community organisations, so if you value their work, send your support. Find out more on Peer Productions website


Oldham IDAHO a success despite lack of school attendance

The Oldham IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) event was a success, despite the disappointing lack of school representatives present. It was the first official event organised by the newly founded Oldham LGBT Events Group.

Speakers included Colin Avery, one of the founding members of the Oldham LGBT Forum. He spoke about the importance of tackling issues affecting the LGBT community all year round, until there are no longer issues. Also speaking was Virbai Kara, Senior Policy Officer with the OMBC Community Cohesion Support Team, who talked about the Stop Hate organisation and help line.

Jason Bromley Chair of Oldham LGBT Events Group said: "We think it safe to assume now that schools are simply not interested in tackling the issue of homophobia, but we stress that this is not an issue with the luxury of choice based on interest.
  Schools are failing their pupils if they do not deal with LGBT issues in an up front and honest manner. People are still being attacked, even killed because of nothing more than who they are."

Pink Triangle Theatre, gave a free performance of their SHOW ONE! for the event. Teachers may find useful resources on Pink Triangle Theatre website


USA: Major web filter provider to drop LGBT category

A California-based company is believed to be the first major web filter provider to drop a category that allowed schools to block students' access to educational websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues. Heather Hollingsworth writes in San Jose Mercury News


A schoolboy from Cambridgeshire wears a skirt to school

A Cambridgeshire boy has worn a skirt to school in a protest against what he said was "discrimination"... Video on BBC News


Nominate a Diana Award anti bullying ambassador for your school

The Anti Bullying Ambassadors Programme is a new, exciting and peer-led programme launched by the Diana Award. Anti Bullying Ambassadors are the public faces of anti bullying work happening in schools and communities across the UK. An Ambassador is a young person who wants to be part of a UK wide network to put a stop to bullying.

For more details see The Diana Award website. Or contact Shezmin Kassam, Anti Bullying Ambassadors Coordinator: 020 7484 0521; Shezmin.kassam@diana-award.org.uk


In The Life - Injustice at Every Turn

In The Life Media features the personal stories of Ja'briel and Michelle, two trans women whose experiences highlight the findings of the first comprehensive transgender discrimination study completed by the US National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.


Support may help curb suicide among gay youths

Gay youths are much less likely to attempt suicide when they live in communities where they feel they have some support...
Article on USAtoday


Charming children's story app for iPhone and iPad

Bill Sanders on his lily pad.

Bill Sanders, is a new children's book app for the iPhone and iPad. Bill is a frog who is driven away from the ditch in which he lives because he likes boys better than girls.

The story is suitable for children aged 3-7. From the age of 6, children will be able to read the story independently. Younger children can follow the story by themselves with the help of a narrator's voice.

This lovely story was written by Connie van Gils and filled with beautiful illustrations by Roel Seidell.

The app is available from 25 March onwards at the App Store for 2.99 Euros.

For more details see the Bill Sanders website


NUT Pride in Teaching

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Rethinking Homophobic Bullying

Based upon 17 years of research, a new book on homophobic bullying is offering guidance to schools. Its author, Professor Ian Rivers, explains.
Article on SecEd Website


Council and unions in bullying strategy clash

Oldham council has been accused of failing to protect pupils and school staff from homophobic bullying and abuse.
Karen Doherty writes in the Oldham Evening Chronicle


Why is it wrong to protect gay children?

"To justify their discrimination against gay people, these few homophobes concoct a scenario in which they are The Real Victims..."
Johann Hari's Commentary in the Independent


Teachers TV contract terminated by Department for Education

Chief Executive of Teachers TV Clare Healy made the following statement in response to the termination of their DfE contract:
"We can confirm that the Department for Education has written to Teachers TV explaining our contract with them will come to an end in April 2011. Teachers TV will be working closely with the Department for Education to formulate a clear transitional process between now and the termination of the contract.

  All of the 4,000 programmes will continue to be made available online. This will ensure that teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants and governors can continue to access www.teachers.tv for practical support, advice and guidance."


Anti-homophobia tour wraps up

As he wraps up his national anti-homophobia tour, Daniel Witthaus says his message has come at an opportune time. Michael Magnusson writes on SX website


Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in sport

An article written for and published in Pink News following the launch of the Government Charter for Action on Monday March 14. LynneFeatherstone.org


LGBT History Month: So So Gay interviews Elly Barnes

For some, the close of February marks the end of LGBT History Month in more than just the calendrical sense. So it’s always encouraging to hear about places where the importance of LGBT History Month is felt year-round and the lessons reverberate long after too-short February has passed... Read more on So So Gay


Minister launches LGBT Charter in Sport

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone chose an LGBT History Month sponsored event to launch an LGBT charter in Sport.

The charter, which will invite national governing bodies of sports to commit to tackling homophobia and transphobia and making sport 'a welcoming environment for LGB and T people', was announced by the minister as she attended a Sheffield Eagles rugby league game at Bramall Lane.

The Eagles wore shirts with the slogan 'Homophobia - Tackle It' as they played against rivals Widnes Vikings. Fans were told that the event was in aid of tackling homophobia and the event drew statements of support from out sportspeople Gareth Thomas, John Amaechi, Clare Balding and Steven Davies.

Elton John also voiced his support in a message from the US where he is currently touring. Waterloo Road's Scott Haining - who is outspoken about the importance of challenging homophobia - attended the event and proudly wore his LGBT History Month badge.

Education unions joined forces with LGBT History Month and Pride Sport in this ground-breaking event to educate the sports community. The match was sponsored by LGBT History Month and Pride Sport, together with the National Union of Teachers, the NASUWT, the University and College Union and Unison.

Featherstone echoed the prime minister's commitment to making sport safer and more welcoming to LGBT people. She was optimistic about the new charter: "Homophobia and transphobia have no place in sport and I'm delighted that so many sporting bodies are backing our campaign to stamp it out at all levels; from local parks to Olympic stadiums."

The theme of LGBT History Month 2011 and 2012 is sport. Co-chair Tony Fenwick was proud of their achievements in the first year: "After some amazing sporting events in February, History Month went into extra time for this final fixture. All the players and fans I spoke to were completely supportive. The charter is just what we need to help sport move forward into the Olympic year."


Enough is Enough campaign to distribute advisory packs to schools

With their campaign to counter homophobia, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation is aiming to send information to as many schools as possible before International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in May. Find out more on the LGF website


Are Things Really Getting Better?

To celebrate LGBT History Month, Eulogy's Kirsten Tambling reviews what is being done to prevent LGBT suicides and outlines the projects aimed at eliminating the deadly persecution that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are still suffering. Read Eulogy article


Secret's out on the hidden life of gay Victorians

Historian and Schools Out committee member, Jeff Evans, is looking at attitudes to homosexuality during the last 150 years. Yakub Qureshi writes in Manchester Evening News


Anti-gay bullying is bad for health, university says

Anti-gay bullying has been proven to cause a number of health problems according to a study by Montreal's Concordia University. Article on PinkPaper.com


Children Are Unbeatable! Alliance - January newsletter available

News from child protection campaigners. This month: parliament and government, child protection, faith groups, research. See newsletter and subscribe


Tory MP removes 'gay lesson' blog entry after complaint

An MP has had to rewrite an entry on his blog after saying plans to teach children about homosexuality would impose "questionable sexual standards". See article on BBC news


Schools Out on Radio 5 Live

Co-chair Sue Sanders talked to Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast, about our new website launch in February. Hear the radio highlights


Survey - Do you have a choice to be 'in' or 'out' at work?

This online survey is set up to gather the experiences and opinions of LGB people who work with young people. Whether you are 'out' and proud or you keep your sexuality private, the researcher wants to know what you think and experience in the workplace to gain a wider understanding of experiences and opinions.

Gemma Fortune is using this research as part of her MA studies at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Take the survey


The Drill Hall Youth Theatre - Alive

Your chance to make a film with award-winning filmmaker Rikki Beadle-Blair.

Whether you're gay, black, lesbian, Asian, bisexual, white, queer, straight or whatever, you're welcome at The Drill Hall Youth Theatre - just so long as you love performing! This year's workshop is building on the huge success of Thrive. You will create a companion piece - ALIVE!

Workshops will be on Saturday evenings. To take part in the project, you need to able to come to all sessions. See Drill Hall Youth Theatre for details and registration form.


What young people want:
Responding to the "Supporting a Stronger Civil Society" consultation

On behalf of the hundreds of young people, Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) have given their response to the Government's consultation 'Supporting a Stronger Civil Society'. The consultation seeks to understand the specific support needs of frontline civil society groups in the UK.

IARS' Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides, said: "We are pleased that our young people and 200 youth-led organisational members were given the chance to voice their thoughts on this important consultation. We hope that the new coalition government proves to be open minded, and finally put the youth-led sector on the policy map. How can the Big Society vision be genuine if the young people's civil society sector is not acknowledged and supported appropriately?"

Read the IARS full response


Talksafe - THT health service for young peopleTalksafe logo

Talksafe is a THT emotional wellbeing and sexual health service for young people aged 10-18, who live in London. It is a safe, confidential space where a young person can access:

  • Counselling with a trained counsellor; online, in person or by text
  • Places to talk with another young person, who is a trained peer mentor
  • Online message boards to write about anything on their mind
  • A website for information and advice on emotional and sexual wellbeing

Experiences of LGB&T Students in Further Education Survey

The Skills Funding Agency, is looking for LGB&T adult learners to take this online survey - Project 12. If you are in education, have recently left, or are thinking of starting, they are interested in your experiences.

All responses are anonymous. If you have any questions about the research, or wish to participate in a different way (webchat; telephone etc.) contact speaktoproject12@babcock.co.uk
or call 01904 656655.

The findings of the research will inform future policy and practice within adult learning, following the implementation of the Equality Act.

Take the survey

 

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