About LGBT History Month
This year we looked at Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. The Sexual Offences Act, passed on July the 27th, 1967, was the first stepping stone across the Rubicon and, although it only related to men it had an impact on everyone in the LGBT community, nationally and internationally. Here in England and Wales the state accepted same sex relationships between men for the first time in over 450 years. Paradoxically, since it was a relatively safe space for gay men during much of the 20th century, the Merchant Navy still criminalised same-sex relationships at the beginning of 2017. The laws were repealed on April 24th.
There was an academic festival in Liverpool in March, as we couldn’t fit it in to our swollen calendar for February, where popular OUTing the Past festivals were held in York, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Coventry, Shrewsbury, Bournemouth, Exeter and 5 locations in London to approving hordes. Newcastle held its own and plans to go all year-round. We too have plans for the future so watch this space.
And at the end of the month Moonlight won the Oscar for best film and the government announced that statutory, inclusive sex and relationships education will be taught in all schools in England and Wales.
The BBC marked the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 with a number of broadcasts on radio and TV. Among the highlights were a feature length drama-doc based on Peter Wildeblood’s Against the Law and a two part adaptation of Patrick Gale’s man in the Orange Shirt.
Nordic Rainbow Month took place in October. To help celebrate it our Chair Sue Sanders went to Sweden and CEO Tony Fenwick went to Riga in Latvia and Vilnius in Lithuania. We made good friends and hope to make alliances with our friends and Scandinavia, the Balkans and Central Europe. October was also LGBT History Month in the USA and they are already looking for nominations for next year’s LGBT icons.
We look forward to next year when we will focus on ‘Geography: Mapping the World’, especially now that our friends in Australia will be able to enjoy same sex weddings.
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Schools OUT UK is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that began life as The Gay Teachers Association in 1974. Our overarching goal is to make our schools and educational institutions safe spaces for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities as teachers, lecturers and trainers; as pupils and students; as parents; as teaching and learning support staff; as site-officers, catering and cleaning staff; and as headteachers, managers and governors. There is no other organisation that supports such a wide community in attaining such a wide, yet simple overarching goal. See our website for more news and resources for educators www.schools-out.org.uk
The Classroom The Classroom is an accessible space for teachers to find a range of resources to make Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans people visible in education. We believe that to eradicate homophobia and transphobia, the lives and contributions of LGBT people need to be visible throughout education. This can be done by delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. See our website for more information and lesson plans at www.the-classroom.org.uk
OUTburst: Schools OUT UK’s Official Guide to LGBT History Month is our outreach magazine. This exciting new publication enables us to share our work every February through the print magazine and throughout the year on the website. 35,000 copies are distributed to every secondary school in England, plus colleges and universities, private and public organisations, community venues, prides, festivals, diversity networks and trade unions. As well as news, interviews, opinions and lifestyle features, the magazine includes a Diversity Dashboard, advertising job opportunities and raising the profile of LGBT-friendly employers. Through advertising revenues, the magazine is able to support the ongoing work of Schools OUT UK. To read the magazine or explore commercial opportunities, please visit www.outburstmagazine.co.uk.
As a not- for-profit global organization, our program goals – to empower local, regional, national and global organizations so that they may fully realize the power of Harvey Milk’s story, style, and collaborative relationship building – are as large and bold as Harvey taught us! The Foundation, through Harvey’s dream for a just tomorrow, envisions governments that celebrate the rich and universally empowering diversity of humanity, where all individuals – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, the young, the disabled – all who had been excluded can fully participate in all societal rights without exception.
OutTeacher.org is a website to tell help LGBT teachers be the role models they needed when they were younger. Nobody should feel they need to hide who they are at school, but we recognise that this is harder in some schools than others.
Simply by being adults who are comfortable being openly gay, bisexual, lesbian or trans* then we show being LGBT for what it really is – natural and usual. This website will contain:
- Case studies and stories of teachers and other school-based (or college-based) professionals who are out at school, hopefully with supportive statements from senior leadership teams, pupils and parents.
- Information from teaching unions, the Department for Education and from C of E and Catholic Schools on their ‘official line’ on being openly LGBT in school. This will initially be focused on England but we hope to extend this to other countries in time.
- Links to support sites, including EllyBarnes.com, Stonewall, Schools Out and others, where education professionals can get further information and guidance on how to make their schools more LGBT friendly.
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