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Schools OUT had an inspirational conference at the Drill Hall on 3rd February 2007 to celebrate LGBT History Month 2007. Speakers included Sir Ian McKellen, Judy Moorhouse, President of the National Union of Teachers, Mark Chater of the QCA, Dr Steven Wharton, Joint President of the University and College Union and Ms Fontaine lesbian hip-hop performer. Click here for photos of the event. Press release: here.

Past conferences of 2007: -

Out in Psychology: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer perspectives
Friday 8th June 2007
The British Psychological Society’s Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section, Aston University, Birmingham.
For more information - click here

Stonewall Gay Youth Event - Saturday 9 June 2007, Greater London Authority, London

Stonewall invites young people (16-21) who are lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) or who are not sure about their sexual orientation to attend our very first Gay Youth Event in London on 9 June 2007. The day will offer practical help about how to make the most of being gay, how to get a fair deal at work, how to stay safe and how to have fun.

We are particularly looking for young people who would benefit from the day, especially if they are finding it hard to reach their potential. For example, they may have left school, but want to study further, or may be unemployed, or in a job that isn’t quite right for them.

This is a free event, sponsored by Norwich Union and hosted by the Mayor of London, and Stonewall will cover the cost of travel expenses if needed. The event provides a great opportunity for young LGB people to meet other people around the country to share experiences and make friends. It is also an opportunity for attendees to meet adult LGB role models from a range of sectors and backgrounds.

We have sent you copies of the programme in the post, but you can also find a word version and a PDF here:

If you, or your group, need more copies please give us a call. We would be grateful if you could help us identify young people who might benefit from the day, and encourage them to apply.

If you have further questions about the event please phone Johan or Ruth on 0207 593 1850 or email

Trans with Pride Conference - 15 June 2007, 9:30am - 5:30pm

As part of this year’s London Pride, Transfabulous are hosting the Trans with Pride one-day conference event at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG. The aims of this one-day conference are to bring together members of our community from across London, different regions of the UK and indeed from countries beyond the UK.

This conference will gather, broaden and strengthen our voices by specifically engaging with four key areas that impact on our lives. These four areas arose from a series of open meetings where 18 individuals contributed to the shaping of the conference event. The day will put forward ideas, suggestions and solutions the conference attendees have within these four areas of focus, so that we might be Trans with Pride.

The Trans with Pride Conference seeks to act as a place and a space where positive solutions to a range of challenges and problems are generated.

Delegates will each be involved in one working strand and will be asked to commit to that strand for the day. Each strand workshop will be facilitated so that everyone will have an opportunity to bring their ideas and solutions to the group. To add diverse perspectives to the discussions we are inviting activists, writers, trade unionists, health professionals and trans organisations’ representatives to join with, and contribute to the workshops.

Kate Bornstein will be with us, giving a keynote address, and offering reflections on emerging themes at the end of the day.

As a delegate, you will need to choose one strand and attend a morning session and an afternoon session within that strand. The emphasis is on working in these four groups to produce particular outcomes as appropriate to the focus of the strand. For this reason, we are asking that you make a choice and stay with that group for both sessions during the day. When registration opens, you’ll be asked to indicate your first and second choices.

This conference will be productive and proactive. The conference is absolutely free! There will be 130 delegates attending. Registration will open on Friday 4th May for you to reserve your place!!!

For full details please click here to go straight to the website.

Transgender 2007 Conference - 16 & 17 June 2007

The third national transgender conference will take place at the University of East Anglia , Norwich

This year’s event will be focusing on service provision to the transgender and transsexual communities. For full details please click here to go straight to the website.


You may have heard a lot about the No Outsiders project in the news recently - our use of children's books depicting non-heterosexual parents have caused something of a national and international stir! If you'd like to know more about the first year's work of the project, including the strategies our project teachers are using both with and beyond children's literature, you are warmly invited to come to one of our dissemination events in June:





Please see the attached flyer and booking form for further details.

Royal Commonwealth Society - Beyond Belief: faith and gender, 25 June 2007
We are delighted to invite you to attend a half-day conference, “Beyond Belief: faith and gender”, on 25 June 2007, 2-5pm, which aims to explore the inter-relationships between faith and gender. Speakers at the meeting include: 

Zarin Hainsworth, President, United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) UK
Canon Lucy Winkett, St Paul 's Cathedral
Zohra Moosa, Senior Policy Officer for Race and Gender, The Fawcett Foundation

Conference outcomes will result in a short paper, which will be presented to Heads of Commonwealth Governments at their biennial meeting in Kampala , November 2007. This is a great opportunity to make a vital contribution to an important topic, and enable the voice of your organisation to be heard at the highest levels.  

The meeting will consider the roles of faith and gender in public life, and explore the degree to which the understanding, practice and public face of faith interact with gender issues. Particular focus will be placed on determining how gender issues can be placed in the mainstream of faith and its practice in the public sphere.  

The conference will consist of an opening session in plenary followed by an open discussion. After a short refreshment break, participants will converge in smaller groups to debate particular themes emerging from the plenary session. 

We hope you and members of your organisation can attend and contribute your skills and experience to the conference. We welcome participation from a broad range of individuals and organisations in business, civil society, government, media, faith and gender groups. Please feel free to circulate the invitation to your networks.  

For more information or to register your place, contact Dev on: 02077669202 or email:

Wolfenden50 - Conference
Wolfenden50: Sex/Life/Politics in the British World 1945-1969

2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, a British government inquiry into homosexuality and prostitution which profoundly shaped public debate on the regulation of these sexualities (and others), in Britain and beyond.

Most famously, the Report recommended that homosexual acts between consenting adults in private ought not to be an offence and 2007 also marks the fortieth anniversary of the passage of this recommendation into law in the Sexual Offences Act of 1967.

This seems like a suitable moment to look at the ways in which minority/deviant/ marginalised/vilified/ sexualities have been lived, understood, regulated and constructed in the post-War period, and to that end a conference is being held at King's College in London for three days.

Keynote Speakers:
* Judith A. Allen, Alfred Kinsey as Lord Wolfenden’s Expert Witness: Contributions & Consequences
* Helen Self, Wolfenden and Prostitution: An Historical Overview
* Jeffrey Weeks, Fateful Moments: Wolfenden, Identity, Citizenship
and 22 others speakers.

King's College, London
The Strand
28 to 30 June 2007

Registration and further details via the website.

Association for Citizenship Teaching’s National Conference
hosted by the Institute of Education Monday 2nd July 2007

Our AGM will be taking place on Monday 2nd July at 12.00 – 12.50. Please see the attached paper by our Chairman, David Barrs, entitled “ACT the future by David Barrs”.  The AGM will reconvene at 15.45 when we will hear the financial report and follow up on any suggestions from the earlier session. The AGM will be taking place during ACT’s national conference, as we are obliged to hold the AGM at our largest gathering. However, you do not need to be attending the conference in order to attend the AGM. Attending the AGM is free and all ACT’s members are encouraged to contribute. I attach a nomination form for you to return if you would like to stand for election to ACT’s council. I also attach a list of responsibilities of trustees. Please email me by midday on Thursday 28th June with any contributions.

Please note that there are still a few places left for the national conference, but registrations must be returned to by midday on Thursday 28th June. I attach a registration form and a programme for the day including a list of workshops.

ACT Registration Form
ACT Looking to the Future
ACT National Conference Programme 2007
Responsibility of ACT Trustees
ACT Council Nomination Form 2007

Equal Power : 2028 - Campaign launch -- Tuesday 3 July -- Westminster

2028 will mark 100 years since the Equal Franchise Act, which gave women the vote on equal terms to men. Yet today women are still missing from positions of power. Our new campaign Equal Power: 2028 will set out our demands for the next 21 years so that equality can finally come of age.

Our free event is your chance to set the agenda for women. Join us for an evening of networking, discussion and skills-sharing. You can be part of our campaign right from the start, by:

  • entering our ballot on what matters most for women today
  • putting your questions to a senior government figure
  • getting up to date on today's key equality issues
  • finding out how to lobby your MP
  • learning how you can use the internet to raise awareness and drive change

The evening will start in Westminster Abbey with a commemoration of our founder, Millicent Fawcett, who devoted her life's work to winning the vote for women. Help us continue the work she started, and ensure that an equal vote really means equal power.

6pm in Westminster Abbey, followed by a reception, with a free glass of wine or soft drink, from 6.30pm at Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB.

This is a free event, but please email or call 020 7253 2598 to register. Visit our website for more information.

Gender Unbound 9-11 July 2007 at Keele University, Staffordshire
An international conference in the area of law, gender and sexuality. For more information please
click here

LGBTQ Thinking Straight? Surrey Connexions Conference, 16th July
You are invited to a conference hosted by Connexions Surrey and featuring a coalition of all of the key organisations working with LGBTQ young people in the county.
Listen to speakers from the Terrence Higgins Trust highlight best practice in co-ordinating services for LGBTQ young people, including work with schools & colleges, partnership working, and outreach activity.
Take part in workshops about issues affecting LGBTQ young people, including the Every Child Matters and Healthy Schools agenda, anti bullying requirements and strategies, support for improved participation and academic success, OFSTED diversity and equality targets, and much more.
Contribute to developing an action plan to support these young people through partnership working and the Surrey Children & Young People’s Trust.
Young people, their support workers and other professionals and practitioners are all welcome, but places are limited.
To reserve yours, contact Shelley Hollis (01372 746500
or email by 10th July 2007click here for the flyer (pdf)

Discrimination Law Review: A general awareness-raising event on the consultation A Framework for Fairness: Proposals for a Single Equality Bill for Great Britain

We are holding a specific awareness-raising event on the public sector duties proposals contained within the consultation A Framework for Fairness: Proposals for a Single Equality Bill for Great Britain.

This event will be held in:

  • London on the 23 July between 10.30 and 12.30 at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London, SW1

If people would like to attend they should e-mail Anna Banton at or call 0207 944 0629

In addition to this event we have and continue to hold other events to publise the broader consultation. 2 further events coming up are:

  • A general awareness-raising event on the consultation A Framework for Fairness: Proposals for a Single Equality Bill for Great Britain arising from the Discrimination Law Review. This event will be held in Bristol on the 19 July between 10.30 and 13.00 at Jurys Bristol Hotel. Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF;
  • A specific event for business held in London on the 24 July between 13.30 and 16.00 at the Imperial Hotel (Tudor Suite), Bedford Way, London, WC1;

Further details of these events can be found on the Women and Equality Unit website at:

Public Sector Duties Event.doc DLRSummarybkmk.pdf

2007 National LGBT Health Summit
Choices, Voices, Knowledge & Power Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st August Manchester

Almost a hundred places have already been booked for the 2nd National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Summit on the 20th & 21st August, so don't forget to get you registration form in asap! 

The Summit will be opened by a series of keynote speakers including Rt Hon Hazel Blears and Councillor Paul Fairweather from Manchester City Council and the Bishop of Manchester, confirmed speakers include people such as Surrinder Sharma, Director of Equality and Human Rights at the Department of Health and Alex Whinnon, Director of GMCVS. 

The National LGBT Health Summit for the second year is going to bring together people from across the UK to discuss, debate and share learning and good practice in supporting a healthier and empowered LGB and T community. You can find out more about the 2006 summit at  

There have been over 35 abstracts submitted for workshops and this years Summit promises to be both challenging and exciting in delivering a wide range of learning and discussion spaces as well as some thought provoking plenaries and a fantastic social evening and Mayoral reception. The full programme will be posted on the website in early June once all the workshop facilitators and speakers have been confirmed. 

To register for the summit please go to and download the registration form then either email it to  or send it to Health Summit 2007, Lesbian & Gay Foundation, 105/107 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD

A Press release for the summit can be downloaded here

LGBT Youth Scotland Connect 4 Youth event - 25 August, 10am-4pm, Glasgow
A one day seminar and series of workshops for young LGBT people and youth workers- to explore getting involved in the local community and supporting young people.

For a registration form visit, or contact Hugh Donaghy on  0141 552 4807 or

PSHE Conferences and Training update: July - October 2007
This listing was compiled by the PSHE & Citizenship Information Service at the National
Children’s Bureau. (pdf document)

The Pleasure Principle conference has now been re scheduled for Friday 14th September 2007 and letters have gone out to all delegates originally booked to attend this conference for rebooking to this new date. However, we envisage there will be a few places available from the few cancellations we have received so far from people unable to attend this new date, so if you would like to attend this conference on this rescheduled date, new bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis, please see flyer attached or for any further information contact:

Rachel Hunt, Administrator, Centre for HIV & Sexual Health Email: Tel: 0114 226 1900

The flyer can be downloaded from here (pdf document)

Gendered Intelligence are holding a Trans Awareness Day: Professional Development for those Working with Young People on Thursday 20th September10.00am - 4.30pm at Central School of School of Speech and Drama, Embassy Theatre, Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY West Block Rehearsal Room 1

For a registration form and further enquiries please e-mail:
The cost of the training is £120 per person (including lunch, tea and coffee)

The aims of this one-day event are:
•       To establish basic terms and understandings of transgender and transsexuality
•       To offer some understanding around the experiences of young people who identify as trans
•       To provide resources, signposts and links in relation to trans issues, and outline what support is available for young trans people
•       To present some tools for professionals who work with trans and non-trans young people, for tackling potential trans/ gender phobia within the environment of education and youth group settings.

For more information download the brochure here (pdf)

For a registration form and further enquiries please e-mail: 

Jay Stewart

Teen Rage – Anarchy in the UK? Channel 4 Education Debate - 17 October 2007 RSA 18.30 – 20.30 followed by a drinks reception

'Teenagers are not just our present, but also our past and inescapable future; we are willing exiles in Neverland' (Andy Miller)

Teenagers in the UK are the most unruly, unhappy, and the most feared in the developed world if you believe the all the research published in the last few years.

Teenagers leaving school today are statistically better qualified than they have ever been before yet seem ill prepared for the adult world – a world in which emotional, behavioural, personal and social skills have become far more important, in determining their earnings in later life.

So what is the truth about our teenagers and what can we do about it?

Over the years Channel 4 has built up an unrivalled track record in illuminating the issues facing teenagers as they make the transition from adolescence to adulthood, from school to work and test the boundaries of what is acceptable behaviour.

To coincide with its 25th anniversary Channel 4 Education in conjunction with Children & Young People Now and the RSA is hosting a debate Teen Rage – Anarchy in the UK at the RSA on the evening of the 17th October.

This event will attempt to make sense of what is happening to our teenagers, and examine what we can do to improve their well being.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ben Page – Chairman of IPSOS MORI
  • Anthony Seldon – historian and Master of Wellington College
  • Camila Batmanghelidjh – psychotherapist and founder and director of Kids Company
  • Francis Gilbert – teacher and author of I'm a Teacher Get Me Out Of Here and Yob Nation

For more details and to register for this event click on the link below

I really hope you can join for what should be a fascinating and timely debate.

Steve Moore 0207 306 8282 / 07906 905 484


THE COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION - Coming out with the Goods: care services for LGBT people - Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester M1

This important conference will focus on the needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who use care services, the legislative duties of care providers to meet the needs of people from these communities, and the development of good practice in providing quality care in this context. It will be an opportunity to explore issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in
relation to a wide variety of care settings.

Keynote addresses:

Heléna Herklots - Fieldwork Director, Age Concern England

Christine Burns MBE - Vice President, Press for Change

Jonathan L Hall - Policy Advisor Sexual Orientation Legislation Team, Department for Communities & Local Government

Care providers are increasingly recognising the importance of knowing the ‘whole person’ they are providing care services to, in order to make sure that care is personalised, individualised and that it meets their needs. But there are some people who are not seen for all that they are. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who receive care remain invisible and silent, mainly because they fear, and may have experienced, prejudice and abuse. Many care providers are not sure about how to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people feel welcome in their service.

This groundbreaking conference will give people the confidence to address these issues.

The conference will focus on:

• The needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who use care services;
• The legislative duty on care service providers to ensure that their services meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people;
• Developing good practice in providing quality care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who use services

Participants will have the opportunity

• to make sure their service offers a really positive welcome to LGBT people.
• to attend two workshops during the conference.
• to contribute to a question time panel discussion.

Workshops Include

Trans People in Social Care - and how not to abuse them

Transsexual people can be service users, they can be relatives, professional stakeholders and care staff; whichever role you encounter them in, there’s a danger that misplaced concern about who needs protecting from whom can render them more vulnerable, and turn inspectors and service providers into unwitting abusers. Christine Burns, one of the country’s leading experts in the field, wants to make sure nobody falls into that trap.

Risk and Resilience, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m
Chancellors’ Conference Centre, Manchester M14 6NN

A day conference on issues and practice related to Mental Health and LGBT Young People. For community workers, youth workers, other related professionals and interested young people - welcome!.

Risk and Resilience will provide a unique opportunity to gain an overview of the mental health experiences of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered (LGBT) young people through presentations and workshops led by researchers, experienced practitioners and young people.  Sharing examples of positive practice will form a major part of the conference. The aims of the conference are:

  • To raise awareness of the mental health needs of LGBT young people
  • To develop the skills of relevant professionals in promoting the emotional well-being of LGBT young people
  • To add to the knowledge base regarding the mental health experiences of LGBT young people.

Paul Patrick of Schools OUT will be a keynote speaker.

The conference will be of particular relevance to individuals interested in developing their youth and community work practice or related work with education, leisure, health, probation and criminal justice services as well as anyone interested in mental health issues and/or working with lesbian, gay, bi and trans individuals and groups. 

Download the flyer and application form here:

NUT PRIDE IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE Friday, 9 and Saturday, 10 November 2007

The focus of the Conference will be community cohesion and a look at the implications of the new duty to promote community cohesion for LGBT teachers and students.This year’s Conference will include a social dimension, with a meal on the Friday evening.  On Saturday, there will be an opportunity to hear key note speakers and attend a number of workshops.  There will also be an opportunity to debate a motion for Annual Conference 2008.

More information and a booking form available here:

The event flyer can be downloaded here:

"Making Rights Real" - Major conference for the voluntary and community sector - 15th November

2007 is European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. The Government and the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) are discussing and consulting with the VCS and others on the themes of rights, representation, recognition and respect.

Making Rights Real event is an important opportunity for members of the VCS to:

  • Hear from and influence representatives of the government and the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights
  • Discuss the role of the voluntary and community sector in tackling inequality and highlight our good practice
  • Discuss key common challenges and opportunities and how we can work together to address these

The event is funded through the European Year of Equal Opportunities For All so there is no conference fee for participating organisations.  

The Equality and Diversity Forum and the British Institute of Human Rights are working with the Department of Work and Pensions and the new CEHR to ensure a wide range of VCS organisations – working at national, regional and level know about and can take part in this timely and unique event.

For more information please see the flyer available here (pdf)
Programme available to download here
Booking form - last entry 5th November - available here

Surrey Schools Anti-Bullying Event - Monday 19th November 2007
11.00-3.30pm - The Hilton Hotel, Cobham KT11 1EW

The event is to support schools with solution-focused approaches, to launch Surrey’s revised anti-bullying strategy; start work on a Charter Mark for Surrey schools using pupils to evaluate school’s performance; and to promote partnership working between school staff and young people.

There will be speakers, a DVD, lunch and workshops for school leadership teams and pupils to work together to stop bullying. A programme has been sent to schools with this letter, and a booking form asking for the names of two members of staff, and two student school council representatives. Surrey Youth Parliament would like you to talk to your Headteacher to see if you can take part as a school, and if you can, nominate two members to accompany your Headteacher and one other, or up to two senior members of the schools leadership team, to attend the event.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to see how other schools, and the whole of Surrey are trying to put a stop to bullying. You will be able to take the information back into school to come up with an effective anti-bullying strategy. We hope you will be able to join us.

For a programme and details of how to book please click here (pdf)

Tackling Homophobic Bullying in Schools, 22 November 2007

As part of National Anti-Bullying Week this conference will explore the problem of homophobic bullying and will include speeches from Schools Out and LGBT History Month's Sue Sanders, Sarah Teather MP and Stonewall’s Senior Education Officer Chris Gibbons.

It will be chaired by John Christie Brent Council’s Director of Children & Families, with refreshments provided. A BSL interpreter can be provided on request.

The conference will take place from 4.00 - 6.30pm in Gwenneth Rickus Building, Brentfield Road, London NW10 8HE.

For more information contact:

Amanda Lee-Ajala on: 020 8937 1069

Anthony Felsenstein on: 0208 937 3297

To book a place

Booking code: BA20

LGBT History Month Pre-Launch - The Royal Courts of Justice, November 26 2007, 6.15pm

You are cordially invited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans History Month Pre-Launch, 2008. Now in its fourth year, LGBT History Month provides an opportunity for a UK celebration of the contributions LGBT people have made to our diverse community. Our prestigious annual Pre-Launch brings together people working in education, the arts and equalities to explore the possibilities for their own LGBT History Month events in February 2008. There will be a drinks and canapes reception after the event.

Please RSVP to ASAP or by November 20th with you name and job title as you wish it to appear on your name tag. Limited spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.

‘Freedom- Breaking the Chains’ event, 24 November 2007, 10am

We invite to ‘Freedom – breaking the chains' event, for young people aged between 13 and 19. The Peer Outreach Team and the Greater London Authority Children's and Young People's Unit would like to invite you to our annual event taking place on Saturday 24th November 2007 from 10am - 6pm, Social event 6-10pm at the Bernie Grant Art Centre, Tottenham.

'Freedom - Breaking The Chains' is all about creating the opportunity for young people from across the world to share their experience of being young and their understanding of the UN Convention on their rights and freedoms. There are limited places so please book early. If your organisation would like to have a stall to promote the work you are doing please let us know.

The event is free and there will be a light lunch and evening meal provided on the day.  If you are interested please get in contact with Sean Creamer on; 0207 983 4521 or email; to confirm places and stalls.

HIV in Europe 2007: Working Together for Optimal Testing and Earlier Care

Brussels from 25-27 November 2007

The conference, led by an independent Steering Committee, will bring together about 350 experts from clinical, advocacy and policy backgrounds to discuss the way forward for HIV care in Europe

More information can be downloaded here (pdf) or here (doc)


Thursday 22nd November 2007, The Royal Oak Suite, Emirates Stadium, North London

Following the success of their first event held in September, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the children’s internet charity Childnet International, are delighted to invite you to attend the second of two national conferences being held to launch the new cyberbullying guidance for schools. This event will very much be a working conference and using the latest interactive technologies we will be interacting and reviewing together the guidance, and hearing from each other as to the most effective ways to ensure that schools can respond to cyberbullying and better protect children. 

You will see from the agenda for the day that the event will include a unique contribution from young people. We also hope to have Kevin Brennan MP, the schools Minister responsible for this area of work within the DCSF.  There will also be presentations from schools and industry representatives on how they are tackling cyberbullying.

Click here for more information (Word Doc)

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