Section 28 – 30th Anniversary 24.05.2018

… a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”… Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the UK’s Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 …

Merseyside Goes Pink! The OUTing the Past Festival Conference

Full details, including how to book, here The next conference will take place 16th – 18th March 2018. The programme is available here. The theme for 2018 is ‘Exploring the Intersections of History and Activism’. Outing the Past (formerly known as Sexing the Past) is a conference dedicated to examining the subjects and methodologies that are part of LGBT+ history. It attracts delegates involved in …

Stuart Milk is touring the UK for LGBT History Month 2018

As part of Stuart’s ongoing support of Schools OUT UK and the UK LGBT History Month initiative, he will be speaking at three events around the southwest of England this February: Bath Bournemouth  Bristol Stuart Milk is an international human rights activist and youth advocate. He is the co founder and Executive Chair of the Harvey Milk Foundation. As the …

“institutionally ableist ” – Schools OUT’s Adam Lowe on the ME Scandal

Schools OUT UK Committee member Adam Lowe has made a stinging attack on the health system over its treatment of people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Adam, an author, poet and journalist who himself suffers from the condition, compares the lack of knowledge and mistreatment of sufferers with the early ‘treatment’ of LGBT people and implies institutional prejudice. Contributing to an article in the …

Sue Sanders Describes a Lifetime of Campaigning at the RSA

Schools OUT UK Chair and co-founder of LGBT History Month Sue Sanders had a crowd at the RSA rapt last night (25th of September) as she recalled a lifetime of activism. Speaking as a guest of the RSA LGBT network, Sue spoke of how she bought The News of the World at the tender age of 10 to read about …

Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories at the British Museum

Some members of the SOUK committee were invited to the British Museum for the opening of their new exhibition ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories’. This show is part of a season looking at LGBTQ histories, which also includes a display of David Hockney’s etchings based on Cavafy’s poems. Schools OUT UK chair and CEO had advised the BM on …

A Tribute To Martyn Hett

By Dylan Jones May 24, 2017 From QX Magazine earlier this morning, Martyn Hett was reported as one of the victims of Monday night’s Manchester Arena attack. The feeling in the QX office, and no doubt among hundreds of other people in our community this morning, is one of numb devastation. Martyn was not only one of our readers and contributors, …

Transgender Day of Visibility 2017

True Colours – Trailblazing Transgender Visibility in the British Armed Forces Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) takes place annually, on 31st March, to celebrate the achievements of trans people across the globe, by making them visible, and heard. I first became visible in 1998, when I finally became strong enough to live my true life and transition gender. It wasn’t …

Mack Beggs: Texas Sportscaster Takes Transphobia To The Mat

Tony Fenwick MBE, CEO of Schools OUT UK – “Does the UIL realise that it has effectively put a man attacking a woman on a pedestal for the public’s entertainment? Or that it has effectively forced a man to attack women in public? This could be construed as defending domestic violence. Coming from a nation which has deplored the downgrading …

Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay

Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay From BBC News available here Secondary school teacher Daniel Gray has always kept his sexuality to himself at work. But to mark LGBT History Month, the 32-year-old from Brighton made the nerve-wracking decision to come out to more than 1,000 students. He tells his story to the BBC’s Jennifer …