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Past conferences of 2009: -

TRANS COMMUNITY CONFERENCE 2009: Creative Responses to Education and Equality - Gendered Intelligence, 12th September, Central School of Speech and Drama, London

The Trans Community Conference 2009 is a one-day gathering featuring a series of workshops for members of the trans community from across the UK, as well as professionals who work with the trans community. This year’s conference hopes to take a more creative approach to the themes of education, equalities and diversities, policy and practice, political activism and work carried out in the voluntary and community sector.

For more information and to book, click here

Engaging Hard to Reach Communities - MediaTrust, 26th March, Chelsea FC, London

There are many different communities who are often categorised as 'Hard to Reach', from refugee groups to the elderly. Media Trust is presenting a one day conference for charities, public sector and corporate organisations that are seeking insight and practical information on how to engage such communities. We will share a range of communications strategies, tools and best practice, and alos aim to dispel some of the traditional thinking on this subject via our panel debate.

For more information and to book, click here

Filling in the Blanks - LGBT Hate Crime in London, 31st March, Emirates Stadium, London

A conference to launch a major research report examining homophobic and transphobic hate crime in London and examining the need for a more coordinated response.
Filling in the Blanks was developed in partnership with the MPS, Stonewall Housing and London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. The research was funded by the MPS, the MPA and the City Parochial Foundation.

The full flyer can be downloaded here and the booking form here

Faith, Homophobia, Transphobia & Human Rights Conference, 16th May, Institute of Education, London

Confirmed speakers at the Conference include Giles Fraser, Broadcaster,Trevor Philips Chair EHRC, Maria Eagle MP , Minister for Equality, Amanullah de Sondy, Director of Islamic Studies, the University of Glasgow, and Marilyn McCord Adams, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford.

There will be plenaries and worshops addressing many trade union related themes including fighting the challenges to equal access to goods and services from reactionary faith organisations, campaigning against religious exemptions to employment, challenging homophobia and transphobia in faith schools, building multifaith community cohesion and making alliances between progressive religious and secular organisations.

Registration forms and further details of the Conference will be circulated later this month.

Conference reports

Useful and interesting conference reports can be found below. This section is periodically updated with new material.

Trans With Pride Conference – Reporting on the Issues 2007
Full report from June's conference (pdf).

Gender Equality Duty – Are Schools Ready? Equal Opportunities Commission Conference Tuesday 20th March 2007.
Report on key issues by Paul Patrick, Schools OUT.

Sexual Orientation discrimination claims don’t reveal the true extent of abuse Report of Acas conference April 07 on the Sexual Orientation, Religion and Belief employment regulations 2003

Sue Sanders co chair Schools OUT
with Trevor Phillips Chief Executive of CEHR

Rita Donaghy OBE Chair of ACAS with Trevor
Phillips Chief Executive of CEHR
wearing his LGBT History Month Badge

Read our account of the conference and report here ACAS Report 2007

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Black and Minority Ethnic Communites (Microsoft Word document)

Building confident LGBT communities Seminar Report CPS LCJB NP (PDF document)

Schools Out Conference2006 Report (Rich Text Format document)

Documents are provided for information only. Schools Out is not responsible for the content of material in this section.


A hundred teachers, young people, policy makers and activists from all across the country braved the weather to attend the Schools Out conference at the Drill Hall theatre in London on Sat 7 Feb.

The keynote speaker was Teresa Clark from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, who outlined ways in which the DCSF is currently getting schools to address LGBT issues. She was clear about the need for positive work beyond tackling bullying and urged participants to engage with the department’s consultation on its Single Equality Scheme, which should create a uniform approach to all equalities issues.

The conference included the official launch of LGBT History Month, and patrons Sir Ian McKellen and Cyril Nri joined us. Both gave moving personal accounts of how things have improved for LGBT people during their lifetimes.

In workshops, participants learned how to make podcasts and how to include LGBT issues in a fun way in the curriculum, and discussed how to make the Schools Out Student Tool Kit more effective and accessible for young people experiencing homophobia and transphobia.

The highlight for most people was the documentary films from the No Outsiders research project, which showed how pioneering primary schools had successfully included LGBT identities into project work. In one school, children wrote and performed an opera about the real-life gay penguins in a New York zoo, who adopted an egg and raised a chick. Parents, governors and even a vicar spoke of the importance of raising the issues positively, before children learnt negative attitudes outside school.

Another powerful presentation was from a group of young people from Gay And Lesbian Youth In Calderdale, who mixed stories and statistics from their recent research with music and humour. A personal account of their friend’s experiences of horrific homophobic violence left hardly a dry eye in the house!

Other speakers included Louise Davies from lesbian mums’ group Out For Our Children, who showed us their two children’s story books; Kate Sicolo, who outlined her successes in working with Cornish schools; and Philip Wragg, who announced the publication of a new schools resource pack from the Terence Higgins Trust.

The Schools Out AGM re-elected Sue Sanders and Tony Fenwick as co chairs and Nigel Tart as media officer, and elected David Watkins as treasurer. Conference paid tribute to the work of outgoing treasurer Tim Lucas and wished him a happy retirement, and thanked Nigel Tart for his eight years as newsletter editor. The officers welcomed several new volunteers and announced plans to seek charity status.

A selection of photos is available online at

Citizenship Students Conference - Tuesday 13th January 2009

The British Library, London , NW1 2DB, 10am-3.45pm

This unique free event will engage KS4/5 students of Citizenship, Politics and related subjects in discussions about human rights and their relevance to our lives. Featuring high profile speakers and interactive workshops, students will have the opportunity to connect with what can often be distant and complex issues.

Throughout the day students will explore the development of democracy and the struggles that have shaped British society, investigate how young people can take action to protect human rights and debate contemporary issues covering everything from I.D. cards to lowering the voting age.

Complete a booking form here

For more information please contact Caroline at or see

The British Library is currently running the Taking Liberties exhibition, which explores the struggle for Britain's freedoms and rights and uncovers the roots of British democracy over a period of more than 900 years. To coincide with this exhibition, the British Library is working with the British Institute of Human Rights to present this event.

Citizenship Teachers Conference - Tuesday 24th February 2009

The British Library, London, NW1 2DB, 10am-3.30pm

This event aims to encourage understanding of the current debates surrounding human rights and their relevance for everyday life, to develop more confidence in delivering lessons about rights through the citizenship curriculum and increase awareness of the potential of the British Library as a learning resource.

Engaging, constructive workshops and the chance to hear influential speakers make this event an invaluable opportunity to progress the scope of citizenship education.

Complete a booking form here

For more information please contact Caroline at or see

The British Library is currently running the Taking Liberties exhibition, which explores the struggle for Britain's freedoms and rights and uncovers the roots of British democracy over a period of more than 900 years. To coincide with this exhibition, the British Library is working with the British Institute of Human Rights to present this event.


Transforming Conflict's 5th Annual Restorative Approaches in Education and Residential Child Care Conference - 26 - 27 February 2009

This annual conference has become the ‘home’ conference for those using restorative approaches in education and youth settings. This year’s event is a time for meeting old friends and making new ones, sharing best practice, networking and having those ‘light bulb’ moments. Delegates may attend one or both days and are warmly invited to join the conference dinner on 26th February – a lively occasion where everyone feels included.

Speakers are educational and restorative approaches professionals who will share not only their experiences of implementing restorative systems, but also their passion and enthusiasm for this highly effective way to create safer, more harmonious and respectful environments, whether in educational or residential settings.

This year’s conference is centred on how restorative systems in school, units and residential homes reinforce and complement strategies for developing social and emotional skills (SEAL) and contribute to delivering all aspects of the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda and, in residential childcare settings, the ‘Care Matters’ agenda.

Complete a booking form here (pdf)

For more information please see the programme by clicking here (pdf)

Children’s Services: Challenging Homophobia in our Communities
Huntingdon Racecourse, Thursday, 26th February 2009, 9.30am – 4.00pm

To share successful strategies for challenging homophobia in our schools and in our communities. The conference is a Cambridgeshire County Council and SexYOUality partnership event.

For programme and booking form please click here

Lesbicon, 7th March 2009, Lesbian and Gay Centre, Manchester

An all day event for young bisexual and lesbian women to get together to have fun and learn

We welcome any young lesbian or bisexual young women from across the UK to come and take part in this ‘conference’ where we can get together to discuss the issues affecting young lesbian and bisexual women and to look at how we can improve the world around us through creativity and art, volunteering and getting active.  Late afternoon we will make costumes and banners to represent issues that are important to us, and we will march to the Town Hall.

Download the information sheet here

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