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LGBT in the Classroom

Education and teaching about equality astounds me! We seem to have an education system that needs updating, not for academic purposes but to celebrate every child!

Recently I found this amazing website that highlight, simplifies and streamlines resources for teaching about LGBT.

Educationalist have often been subject to what they can or can not teach in the classroom. Especially surrounding the promotion of LGBT and even today, views will vary across the UK and internationally.

While some countries embrace multiculturalism and equality for all, there are areas of the World that discriminate and refuse to teach in an equal setting.

I believe that education is for all and as Nelson Mandela once said, ‘education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’ . Only then can our education systems and the real understanding and implementation of equality, make an impact!

I was looking inline and came across an amazing website that celebrates the equality of education due to sexuality. The Classroom aims to be an accessible space for teachers to locate a range of resources to make Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans people visible in education.

They 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. Something I believe very strongly in, and under the changes in current education, could be under threat! We live in a creative Britain and changes for examinations may stifle this creativity as we return to linear examinations.

The website materials passionately believe in promoting the following content to create equality. Diversity being celebrated in all its forms. Therefore, they present a simple but effective methodology to enable you to be an inclusive practitioner and promoter of equality and diversity.

The Classroom aims to:

Provide new and user-friendly ways of challenging homophobia/transphobia across curriculum.
Link to a wide range of resources, lessons, tool kits and guidance that offer alternate solutions.
Provide subject specific resources, to enable the teaching and learning.
Detail a user-friendly methodolgy that underpins our work.

Teaching methods of ‘usualising’ and ‘actualising’ enable any subject teacher the opportunity to do this. Coupled with your own methods of deciphering your own students learning styles then these resources can be extreme effective.

They do not advocate the inclusion of LGBT content where it appears forced, at odds with the lesson narrative, or incompatible with the learning objectives. Methods have been designed with this in mind.

This is truly a unique and exciting project which aims to provide a professionally accredited approach to equalities work in education.

‘This is How We Got Here’ aimed to uncover hidden stories of LGBT activism and civil rights history over the period 1960 to 2000. Throughout the project personal, national and international stories were recalled and shared by people who had been active in education, youth work and the Manchester gay scene years ago.

They were documented by 51 young people aged 14-25 from youth clubs in Stockport (Stockport Wednesdays), Wythenshawe (WyNotLGBT) and Manchester (Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester (LGYM) and The Young Women’s Group), via a wide range of exciting, educational and empowering activities. A part-time project coordinator, Cliodhna Devlin, supported a Heritage Worker in each of the youth groups, who in turn recruited and supported the young researchers.

The interviews were used as the basis for 10 lessons in secondary education covering History, English, PSHE and Citizenship, Geography and Science.



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