A Queer Céilí At The Marty Forsythe nominated for Irish Stage Award

As part of OTP 2019, Schools OUT UK’s Dr Jeff Evans commissioned a play based on events in Ulster’s LGBT+ history that he witnessed first hand. It has earned actor Christopher Grant who plays Michael a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2020. A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe: […]

1 in 5 bisexual people report being sexually assaulted at work, TUC poll reveals

Bisexual people report high levels of unwanted touching and sexual assaul 1 in 4 bisexual people reported they had experienced sexual harassment and that it made them leave or want to leave their job, with 1 in 8 leaving as a result TUC calls for a new duty on employers to properly protect their staff […]

Standing Proud – The Big Issue Autumn 2019

The history of the teaching of LGBT+ related issues within our schools has certainly been a tumultuous one – but where are we today?   “You don’t have to come out to come in” is the very fitting mantra of City of London School’s LGBT+ Society, a statement that seems to perfectly capture the friendly and […]

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity in Schools

Professor  Sue Sanders, Co-Chair, School’s OUT UK and Founder, The Classroom and LGBT History Month discusses the importance of inclusive LGBTQ+ Education in schools to promote equality and diversity. Will be chairing an Inside Government event on promoting Inclusive RSE and LGBTQ+ Education in schools on 18th September See here Very exciting erudite speakers including Andrew Moffat We are in schools […]

Will the rights of transgender asylum seekers in the UK be protected post-Brexit?

Will the rights of transgender asylum seekers in the UK be protected post-Brexit? The media has become oversaturated with speculation on the potentially devastating consequences that a no deal Brexit could have for businesses, trade and the UK economy as a whole, but there has been a worrying lack of coverage on the wider implications […]

LGBT+ lessons: Government’s support ‘half-hearted’ & left teachers exposed

The government’s support for schools attacked for promoting LGBT+ inclusion has been “half-hearted” and has left many teachers “exposed”, public figures and religious activists say. Author Philip Pullman and Tory MP Crispin Blunt are among 77 signatories of a letter to the education secretary following months of protests outside schools against LGBT+ lessons. The open letter says government […]

Sue Sanders signs open letter calling for inclusive education

Dear Sue, Thank you for adding your name to the LGBT inclusivity letter co-organised by the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education and British Muslims for Secular Democracy. I am pleased to report it has been published online this afternoon. The letter is timely with the Government continuing to offer half-hearted support for schools who continue to be […]

‘It's easier to be out LGBT in police than teaching’ says Sue Sanders

‘It’s easier to be out LGBT in police than teaching’ Martin George Martin George TES (Twitter: @geomr) Concerns raised about the amount of government funding available to help schools follow new sex education guidance. It is now easier to be an out LGBT police officer than an out LGBT teacher, the co-founder of UK LGBT History Month […]

Angela Eagle MP: We aren't getting back in the closet

Former Labour minister Angela Eagle has insisted: “We aren’t going to get back in the closet,” as she challenged those protesting against LGBT equality teaching during a Commons debate. Eagle, who was the first openly gay female MP when she came out in 1997, said such education is not “propagandising” or about “trying to turn people gay”, […]

Teachers can let pupils know 'it's okay to be gay' Education Secretary Damian Hinds tells Commons

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said teachers should tell children it is okay to be gay. Mr Hinds was responding to Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips, whose city has been at the centre of protests from parents demonstrating against schools giving lessons on LGBT relationships. Ms Phillips told the Commons she met a headteacher from her constituency […]