Happy History Month 2018!

LGBT History Month 2018 is here!   Schools OUT UK is the official founder of the initiative so this year’s official theme is Geography – Mapping Our World. This will be our 14th year! As ever, hundred, if not thousands, of events will be taking place up and down the country. To find out what’s happening near you, take a …

Schools OUT UK Says: “Train the Teachers”

Schools OUT UK released a press release today demanding teachers be trained to deliver new inclusive Sex and Relationships (SRE) Curriculum. In response to The Department for Education’s consultation on the new plans, CEO Tony Fenwick wrote: “We expect a history teacher to have a degree in history and a science teacher to have a degree in at least one of …

Why Did Government ‘Sit on’ LGBT Report for 17 Months?

A damning report on the experiences of LGBT youth in Northern Ireland’s schools has just been published, but critics are asking why it took so long. The report, which reveals that 67% of LGBT people feel unwelcome at school, was completed in April 2016 but has only just been released by th Department of Education. The report, commissioned by the …

New Schools Guide for LGBT+ Parents

A new guide for LGBT+ parents on choosing schools,  Inclusion Matters, was launched on the 10th of May 2017 in London. The first resource of its kind, Inclusion Matters provides background on English state and independent schools’ statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and explains how these schools are formally assessed on diversity by Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The guide …

You Will Be Taught Sex (Properly)

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

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

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

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

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

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 …