Monday, 4 February 2013

LGBT History Month- No place for prejudice in our schools

LGBT History Month reminds us of the achievements of LGBT people in British society, past and present. It is an opportunity to show that prejudice about LGBT people must be challenged. This year’s theme is the highlighting of LGBT people in the fields of maths, science and engineering.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

“The NUT is proud to be a core supporter of School’s Out!, the organisation which has developed LGBT History Month, and is proud to be a sponsor of LGBT History Month.

“More and more gay, lesbian and bisexual teachers are now able to be open about their sexual orientation, like their straight colleagues, and especially our transgendered colleagues can now feel protected in work. However students in school still need to discuss human rights and have the life skills for a world where LGBT and straight people are equal.
“LGBT History Month can help teachers promote equality, value diversity and implement effective strategies to eradicate homophobia. Homophobia can lead to hate crime and causes very real harm to LGBT young people, and to disaffection and disengagement from school.

“Homophobia has no place in our society. The Government should send a consistent message that promoting LGBT rights in schools is not something that schools can opt in or out of. It is a key part of their pastoral and pedagogical role.”

You can find out more about the work of LGBT History Month by clicking here.

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