LGBT History Month in the UK would not be possible without the hard work of our fabulous team. See ‘who does what’ below.
Sue Sanders (not Saunders) LGBT+ History Month was co founded by her and Paul Patrick in 2004. A couple of years later she gave birth to The Classroom, the website that Usualises LGBT issues and people across the curriculum for all ages, it currently has over 80 lesson plans and growing, now in partnership with the Proud Trust.
She trained as a drama teacher and has taught in schools and universities in the UK and Australia. She has run theatres, directed plays, published work on equalities, assertiveness, tackling homophobia as well as poetry and short stories. She has delivered a multitude of trainings on equality, diversity, LGBT awareness etc to schools, local authorities, universities, the Criminal Justice system, unions etc.
Sue was instrumental in setting up the first LGBT Independent Advisory Group to Scotland Yard in 2000. She has served on many advisory boards in the criminal justice system raising LGBT issues as well as ensuring there is an understanding of the inter-relation of all the discriminated groups.
Sue has been the recipient of many awards over the years, In February 2015 she received an Emeritus Professorship from the Harvey Milk School, and in 2019 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement awards from the Rainbow Honours Board.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Tony Fenwick (the ‘w’ is silent) joined Schools OUT (now Schools OUT United Kingdom) in 1995 and has hung round ever since. Now he gets to run the show. When he’s not doing this he teaches in Hertfordshire.
Steve Boyce is a member of the Management Committee and also Chair of Trustees to Schools OUT UK and LGBT History Month and has been involved since the very earliest of days. Steve qualified as a teacher in 1989 from the University of Leicester and worked for many years in inner city Primary schools; becoming a very successful Head Teacher. He was a member of the NUT for over 25 years; he served on the NUT LGBT Advisory Committee. In 2007 Steve and his partner moved to Norfolk and became a Prison Education Manager. He became a member of UCU and represented LGBT members in FE on the National Executive. He is a committed activist for LGBT and equality issues. He lives with his partner John in Norfolk. They have 13 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, a great grandson and a great granddaughter!
Steve is now enjoying an active retirement and is Branch Secretary to his local retired members branch and assists young people as an appropriate adult at police interviews, as well as training and talking about equalities and LGBT+.
Andrew is responsible for all our posters, leaflets, press releases and the monthly Bulletin. He also writes the occasional article on our behalf. He organised the November 2014 Launch for HM2015 – ‘History – Coded Lives’.
Like most of the committee, he was a teacher, putting in thirteen years at the chalk-face and taught English, History, Sociology and spent three years teaching at Key Stage 2.
In that time, and like all of the committee, he witnessed and received homophobia in varying degrees of nastiness. That was also how he learned his favourite word ‘verisimilitude’.
He was once called an intellectual, but as that was in Britain it probably wasn’t meant as a compliment. Neither is the fact he lives in Luton.
Seth Atkin (there’s no ‘s’ on the end) has been with Schools OUT for a long time. He is a lecturer in Birmingham and is active in the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) where he also plays an international role. He organised and realised the new TUC/Schools OUT UK LGBT timeline
Jeff has been an active campaigner for LGBT+ and human rights for the past 40 years. He entered the building industry at 16 as an apprentice joiner and went onto election as UCATT shop steward and Branch Secretary. His novel ‘Gay Joiner’ was featured in the magazine ‘Scene Out’ in the late 80s, where he also volunteered as ‘Literary Editor’. Jeff’s work also included promoting queer rights in Ireland during the ‘Troubles’. Jeff took a part-time undergraduate degree in politics and contemporary history (being temporarily expelled for promoting HIV Health Information!), followed by a European Studies Postgraduate Research Centre scholarship.
He then went into teaching courses, meeting Dan his husband. Together their decades-long practice has been serially showcased by local and national media including pioneering The Classroomhistory lessons. He founded and coordinated The Prevalence of Homophobia Survey (2013), the largest survey of classroom teachers to date. These NUT campaigns fed a long and vicious homophobic campaign by his employers and led to Jeff leaving state teaching. He returned to higher education and since then he has continued to study LGBT+ history, (e.g. here) based at Liverpool John Moores University where he is a Research Fellow. He founded Outing the Past in 2015 and remains one of its driving forces travelling extensively. He has just completed Project Management of the first retrospective touring exhibition of LGBT+ Activism in Northern Ireland “Queering the North” with the Museum of Free Derry.” He is currently working with the University of Manchester presenting a unit to History Teacher Trainees on How to Teach LGBT+ History
Maisie is Communications Co-ordinator for Schools OUT UK, a job title she made up herself. Her duties include running social media accounts, producing press releases and anything technology related that scares the other members of the committee. Aside from that, she is a freelance writer based in Manchester and can often be found on Canal Street.
Kate Hutchinson is the regional coordinator for LGBT+ anti bullying charity Diversity Role Models as well as working as a Youth Support Worker for Viva LGBT+ in North Wales. She has written guidance for national teaching unions on trans inclusion within schools. She volunteers and works with a number of LGBT+ and youth charities including All About Trans, Youth Cymru, Training In Mind, Pride Cymru, Chester Pride and has been part of the Schools OUT committee for a number of years.
Kate was recently included in the 2019 Pinc List which lists influential LGBT+ voices within Wales.