UK School censors student’s school artwork because it showed lesbian lovers

by Meka Beresford – Pink News A school has faced backlash after it put censors over the artwork of a GCSE student because it showed lesbian lovers kissing. Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough, just outside of Middlesborough, placed seven censor stickers on the artwork which celebrated same-sex love. Officials at the school claimed that they […]

DfE and Capita Clash over Gender on School Census

The Department for Education and Capita, who run the schools’ managements information systems (SIMS) seem to have clashed over how to record the gender of transitioning or non-binary pupils on their census returns, which have to be completed by October the 6th. For the Government Department advises that the gender recorded for pupils should be […]

Not bad: But Could Do Better

That’s the verdict of the Global Alliance for LGBTI Education (GALE), a worldwide group campaigning for LGBTI people in education, on the state of education for LGBT people in Britain. Released on IDAHOBIT May the 17th, GALE’s research and world map puts Australia, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and Malta ahead of Britain. The research looks into […]

Coroner: Press Should Be Ashamed

The coroner investigating the death of transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows says the media should be ashamed of themselves. “To the members of the press, I say shame. Shame on all of you,” Michael Singleton said on Tuesday in a furious tirade. The coroner said he would be writing to Culture Secretary Maria Miller over the […]

Accrington Remembers Lucy

Teachers, pupils and union members marched in Accrington to remember Lucy Meadows. Lucy, a teacher at St Mary Magdalen’s Primary, died last month after starting the term as a woman following a gender transition, with the support of the school. On Saturday, nearly 100 colleagues, supporters and community members took part in the march to […]

Teach the IDAHO Lesson

IDAHO has launched a new initiative to tackle homophobic/transphobic bullying. The ’IDAHO Lesson’ is an international initiative by where teachers and educational staff in all contexts are invited to use the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia to organize some specific activity in their class on this subject. While it is important to fight bullying, […]

Educate and celebrate – with Elly Barnes

There are still places available on Elly Barnes’ dynamic and resourceful ‘Educate and Celebrate’ one-day course for teachers. held at the ground-breaking Stoke Newington School’s Diversity and Training Centre, the course helps teachers to combat homophobia and transphobia while meeting the demands of the equality act public Sector Duty and OFSTED. Elly has eradicated homophobia in her […]

Critically acclaimed student film breaks new boundaries

At the end of June, the year 10 Creative and Media Diploma students of 2011 had the premiere of their film “Homophobia – Our Closeted Education”. The film received an outstanding response and was said to be one of the most professional films made by students. This was an amazing collaboration between The Magna Carta […]

IoS Reports on Swedish Gender Free Kindergarten

At the Egalia pre-school, staff avoid using words such as “him” or “her” and address the 33 youngsters as “friends” rather than girls and boys. From the colour and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail is planned to make sure the children are not exposed to sexual stereotypes.   The taxpayer-funded […]