Jane Traies and The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course

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For the last seven years, Jane Traies has been recording and re-telling the life stories of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK (some of whom feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course). Last year Jane and some of her interviewees appeared in Esme Waldron’s short film Now You See Me. …

Parliament’s Speaker’s Chamber Goes Rainbow to Launch LGBT History Month 2017

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The LGBT History Month Launch is a November tradition in the Diversity Calendar and it’s always held in a prestigious venue, but with 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act we took it up a notch and held it in the Speaker’s Chamber at the Houses of Parliament. As guests of the Speaker John Bercow, a …

Campaigners Call for a Queer Museum in London

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Campaigners in London are to place pink filing cabinets at iconic venues around the capital to call for the city’s first LGBT museum. The calls come as England and Wales mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality next year and organisers believe it’s an opportunity to unearth the city’s battle for equality. The cabinets are designed to symbolise …

Half of teachers ‘didn’t read’ government guidance on LGBT-inclusive education

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(from Pink News) A report from the Time for Inclusive Education campaign has exposed the devastating impact of homophobic bullying. As pressure mounts for LGBT issues to be taught in all Scottish schools. the TIE campaign this week launched a report highlighting high rates of bullying, attempted suicide, self-harm and mental health issues among LGBT young people.   Of the 169 LGBT pupils and former …

Teachers’ Union Launches Safer Schools Network

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The Association of Teachers and lecturers (ATL’s) Safer Schools network brings together the expertise of leading organisations, practitioners and academics to signpost education professionals, young people and parents to resources, debate and support. Whether you want to know more about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), tackling Islamophobia or the prevalence of sexting in schools, the Safer Schools network can point you …

ABA: Disabled young people that identify as LGBT+ bullied and silenced in our schools

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“People think you can be disabled or LGBT but not both” The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), hosted by leading children’s charity National Children’s Bureau, is publishing new resources for school staff to help tackle the homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying of disabled young people and those with special educational needs (SEN). Research shows that HBT bullying is widespread in UK …

Stuart Milk on Continuing his Uncle’s Legacy and the Importance of Teaching LGBT History

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Stuart Milk is a global LGBT human rights activist and political speaker. He’s also the nephew of the late US civil rights campaigner Harvey Milk. Stuart’s Uncle Harvey was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, and was responsible for passing a gay rights ruling for the city of San Francisco in 1978. In that …

Not bad: But Could Do Better

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That’s the verdict of the Global Alliance for LGBTI Education (GALE), a worldwide group campaigning for LGBTI people in education, on the state of education for LGBT people in Britain. Released on IDAHOBIT May the 17th, GALE’s research and world map puts Australia, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and Malta ahead of Britain. The research looks into the level of pro-activity in …

Why Trans Teachers Matter

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A new pdf is available for teachers and schools promoting trans teachers. The short document is a collection of soundbites telling people what the trans community has to contribute to a school. It is released to coincide with Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) 2014 The transgender community is massively under-represented in the teaching profession and, despite legal protection, non-cisgender teachers …

Fantastic Resource Launched

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A new resource for teachers of English as a Second Language (ESOL) who want to raise LGBT awareness has been launched by Morley College and is available free. Prepared by Morely College, the London music college that hosted the LGBT History Month Music Showcase in February 2014, the Educate Out Prejudice lessons and resources are the first we are aware of …