~ News Archive Pre 2012~

Public school appoints first gay head boy

From today’s Sunday Times: A 17-YEAR-OLD is to become the first openly gay head boy of a top British public school.

Will Emery, the son of a banker, was “overwhelmingly” voted in by more than 1,000 pupils and staff at Brighton College, where boarding fees start from £27,000 a year.

Continuing homophobia in schools is the legacy of Section 28

Today’s Guardian says “It’s time for the government to issue new guidance which makes plain to schools their responsibility to support its gay pupils”. And we might add, it’s LGBT teachers as well…

Boy, 6, uses Lego to explain gender identity

A six-year-old boy in the USA has found a creative way to explain and usualise trans people

Israel to build its first monument to gay victims of the Nazis

Tel Aviv’s Meir Park is to be the site of Israel’s first monument recognizing the gay victims of Nazi Germany

Not 3; not 44; Hundreds! Says Alice Hoyle

According to Alice Hoyle, SRE advisory teacher, parent and writer, the number of schools with problematic SRE guidelines and policies runs into 100s rather than tens. Following the discovery that many academies – and some LEA schools – still operate policies that hark back to Section 28 and refer to it being unacceptable to “promote” homosexuality, Alice has entered the fray. First, she says, the DfE guidance itself states that policies should say schools “must not promote sexual orientation.” She …

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

LGBT History Month Music Launch November 28th

You are now invited to join us in Birmingham for our Launch of LGBT History Month 2014. Dedicated to music, this launch will be like no other. After a day of activities involving young people, educators and movers and shakers, the evening will be an extravaganza of talent and a celebration of what LGBT people have contributed and continue to contribute to the world of music. This unmissable event will be held on November the 28th, which is a Thursday, …

No Gender Reassignment in new Curriculum

The new National Curriculum has removed references to gender and gender reassignment from its guidance, according to Wes Streeter of Stonewall. The term has been dropped from the NC guidance, flying in the face of the coalition’s assertion that it would eradicate transphobia in schools To see more go here

Is Section 28 Back?

Heavy clouds were gathering over the LGBT community today (August 17th) as it emerged that three incipient academies in the UK have stipulated that their ‘governors will not support the promotion of homosexuality’ in their Sex and Relationships education Policy. According to a report in GayStar News, Castle View Enterprise Academy in Sunderland, Colston Girl’s School in Bristol and Swindon Academy have re-introduced anti-gay language from Section 28, which banned the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, into their Sex and Relationships Policy. …

Classroom Updated!

The Classroom website – our one stop shop for teachers and trainers who want to make LGBT people visible in education – is now up-to-date and very fit for purpose after a long, hard week of intensive therapy. The renowned website – which promotes equality and diversity by usualising and actualising the existence of LGBT people in the curriculum – was hacked very seriously some time ago and – although usable – many links were broken and some pages were …

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