Schools OUT UK Pink Promotion – Press Release

10 Years since Section 28: Schools Out Promotes Pink Against Prejudice
Schools Out is running a ‘Pink Promotion’ to commemorate the 10 year anniversary since the repeal of Section 28 by urging everyone, particularly those involved in education, to wear pink on the 18th November 2013.
Section 28 was the law that banned the ‘promotion’ and ‘publication’ of anything that supported a LGBT ‘pretend lifestyle’ in UK schools. The impact of such a law was to strictly limit discussion about different types of family units, gender and sexual orientation that exists and therefore maintains barriers to the acknowledgement and acceptance of those differences.
Schools Out has chosen the colour pink for the 10 year anniversary as pink is associated with diversity and the LGBT community since it was reclaimed from its use to identify homosexual men under Nazi Germany. Pink therefore also embodies opposition to Section 28, namely:
Pink is to promote!
Pink is to publish!
Pink is to be positively proud of who you are!
Schools Out is asking all UK schools to go pink against prejudice on the 18th November, and teachers to teach from the free National Curriculum-linked lesson-plan site that has a pink logo ‘The Classroom’  http://the-classroom.org.uk/.  This will ensure that teachers will be ‘usualising’ and ‘actualising’ LGBT people and is applicable to all ages, all key stages and all subject areas.
Sarah Barton, Head of Expressive Arts Turves Green Girls Schools highlighted the positive impact of such an approach: ‘I trained as a teacher under section 28 and it has cast such a very long shadow over many years. At the Birmingham Educate and Celebrate showcase in 2013, Section 28 was finally laid to rest for me by the kids from Perry Beeches, Turves Green Girls and Ninestiles never to rear its ugly head again.’
This pink promotion will resonate internationally as many countries still suffer from the legacy of homophobic/transphobic laws resulting from colonial occupation by Britain. Russia has recently introduced an ‘anti-gay propaganda’ law that has caused an international outcry. The pink promotion is therefore is a chance for everyone to celebrate diversity and send out the clear message from every classroom and
workplace in Britain – Section 28: Never Again.
Sue Sanders, Co-Chair of Schools Out encouraged people to get involved: ‘We are asking that you join us in wearing pink and take a picture of yourself holding a simple message that reflects this promotion on 18th November, such as ‘Pink to promote equality’.
Please send these to @SchoolsOUTUK1 and #S28pink so we can continue to raise the standard of equality teaching and inclusion in our schools through resources such as The Classroom and Educate and Celebrate, including training programmes delivered by Elly Barnes.’
‘Don’t pretend – publish and promote equality on 18th November 2013.’
To advertise the Pink Promotion download the following: SchoolsOut UK Pink Promotion Poster
Notes to editors
The aim of Schools Out is to make schools safe and inclusive for LGBT people. Schools Out has been working for the equality of LGBT people in the education system since 1974. http://www.schools-out.org.uk/
Sue Sanders and Tony Fenwick co-chair Schools OUT UK, LGBT History Month and The Classroom. Sue has chaired Schools OUT for 12 years. She was a drama teacher and is a freelance trainer who has worked both in the criminal justice field as well as education. She set up both LGBT History Month and the Classroom. She remains a font of knowledge and a fountain of ideas.
Tony Fenwick has co-chaired for 5 years, editing all 3 sites and the producing of the LGBT HM bulletin. He coordinated the UK role in the production of the RAINBOW teaching pack, challenging prejudice by challenging stereotypes in film. He is an English teacher in Hertfordshire and the NUT equalities representative for Luton. He was responsible for last year’s successful pre launch in Bletchley Park.
Elly Barnes is the founder of Educate and Celebrate and the Schools Out Executive Director of Education. She has created a range of education programmes to eradicate homophobia, such as ‘Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools’ (CHIPS). These can be found at: http://www.ellybarnes.com/ or by emailing ellybarnes@educateandcelebrate.com
Music is the theme for LGBT History Month in 2014 and a fantastic pre-launch event is taking place in Birmingham on 28th November 2013. Full details of the event can be found via the HM website homepage.
For more information on this press release, please contact:
Schools Out Publicity Officer Julie Bremner on 07866 504671 or email media@schools-out.org.uk
Schools Out Promotions Officer Andrew Dobbin 07732 504260 promotions@schools-out.org.uk