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Nelson Mandela once wrote, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” In the UK, we celebrate LGBT+ in February each year, to coincide with the 2003 abolition of Section 28.
As a child of the 80’s, I remember the impact of section 28 well. Being in a secondary school in the early 90’s where school staff were not able to “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" meant that I couldn’t discuss or learn about my sexuality, LGBT+ families and role models.
In the 00’s I became a teacher just as the controversial and reviled law was repealed in 2003. As someone who now works a variety of schools nationally it is so refreshing to see that the tables have turned. I am grateful every time I step in a school now and see the production of annual events that aim to promote equality and diversity by increasing the visibility of LGBT+ people, by educating on their history, lives and their experiences - as well as by highlighting the issues that the community faces. It always makes me reflect on how far as a society we have come, allowing children to learn acceptance of themselves and others in equal measure.
I am a great believer that reading material in any school library should reflect everyone’s reality. Therefore, this LGBT+ month I would like to purchase a selection of great books which can be used as part of the school UK curriculum, and which should not be missing from any school or college library and share them amongst the school partnerships I work with.
If you want to learn more about LGBT+ History Month, visit www.lgbtplushistorymonth.co.uk
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Feb 23, 2021
Feb 22, 2021
Well done sweetie. Fly the flag 🏳️🌈
Feb 21, 2021
Feb 20, 2021
Great initiative. Definitely needs more support
Feb 19, 2021
Thank you for doing this Dean, I wish I had this kind of education in primary school.