You Will Be Taught Sex (Properly)

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The Government made history today when it was announced that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will be inclusive; relevant and updated; and compulsory in all schools in England and Wales, following an announcement by Justine Greening,  Secretary for State for Education. The current SRE guidelines have been mostly unchanged since 2000 and they only applied to local authority schools. The …

The Jan Bridget Collection at Lancashire Archives is OUTing the Past in the North West

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The co-founder of Lesbian Information Service (1987-1998) and Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale (1999-2011) is giving an introduction to the ‘Jan  Bridget Collection’ held at Lancashire Archives in Preston.   “All too often,” Jan said, “the history of LGBT people, in particular lesbians, is hidden.  It is fantastic that Lancashire Archives agreed to accept my huge collection of books, papers, …

School Head Recognises Gender Is a Choice

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Schools OUT UK has welcomed a decision by a the head of a private girls’ school to let pupils choose their gender identity. St Pauls School in West London is to consider applications from pupils over 16 to be known as boys or gender neutral. Putting the child at the centre when it comes to gender identity, the High Mistress Clarissa …

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

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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 …

A History of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Sex Education

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Queer kids in sex education. The past, the present, the… future? A look at the history of sex education, & what it means for LGBT+ kids now Sex and relationships education (SRE) has long been a contentious subject in schools. Beginning in the early part of the 20th century, ‘hygiene’ lessons started to become part of formal education, with the …

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 …

Stand Up 2016 week Starts In Ireland

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Now in its seventh year, Stand Up Week runs this week from Nov 14 – 18. 25% of post primary schools in Ireland participated last year making it one of the most important anti-bullying initiatives in the post primary school calendar. The Minister and BeLonG To are calling on even more post primary schools to participate this year to help address …

The Proud Trust Launches BHM 2016 Resource

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Manchester based The Proud Trust has a Black History Month resource for 2016 focusing on recognising and challenging prejudice within our communities and on encouraging young people to see their collective responsibility and potential for helping to create spaces where all people feel welcome, respected and valued. The resource features a mix of fun and simple activities to help explore complex …

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 …

Culture of Classroom Silence over Homophobia in Scottish Schools

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MOST Scottish teachers have never used or even heard of government material designed to tackle homophobia in schools. A survey by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign of almost 500 teachers found that the majority of them didn’t know about, or had not used, the Scottish Government’s latest Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RHSP) guidance. TIE wants LGBTI issues …