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21 Jan 2019
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LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) History Month - February 2019
  • LGBT History month is a good time to celebrate diversity in order to promote tolerance and respect for others
  • The theme for this year is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation.
  • Training opportunities re Trans

LGBT History month is a time to celebrate the lives and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people from our past and present who may sometimes be forgotten. It also provides an opportunity to focus on difference and diversity as part of your work on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of your pupils, promote the British Values of respect and tolerance, and help meet your duties under the Equality Act of fostering good relations.

Resources

See official website below. Resources can be downloaded and purchased from here e.g. badges and history posters.

https://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

Schools Out have worked with the Proud Trust to develop an Education and Resource Pack for key stage 3 and 4 with the theme Peace, Activism and Reconciliation for LGBT History Month.

https://www.theproudtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/download-manager-files/DIGITAL%20History%20Month%202019.pdf

Schools Out UK have also set up a website that contains a range of lessons across the curriculum for all key stages that raise the visibility of LGBT people. See website:

http://the-classroom.org.uk/

Schools can continue to access a range of best practice resources from Sonewall across all key stages:

https://www.stonewall.org.uk/supporting-schools/best-practice-toolkits-and-resources

For more useful links including to the County Council Trans inclusion toolkit see:

https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/school-effectiveness/the-equality-duty/what-is-the-equality-duty/

Training

A Trans eLearning module has also been produced suitable for all, providing a general overview of trans awareness. It explains some key terms and definitions and also addresses some commonly held misconceptions. The module is part of the ESCC equalities, diversity and inclusion learning pathway aimed at raising awareness for everyone.

https://childrens.eastsussexlearning.org.uk/elearning/Course/Detail/190

Further a half day face to face training session for school staff is being offered on 1st March 2019. Entitled Equalities : Working with Transgender and Gender Questioning Children and Young People for Schools, the course is Led by Allsorts, a Brighton based organisation which supports young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This course will provide an insight into the lives of trans* and gender questioning children and young people and help participants support young trans* people develop a strong sense of identity. The course will share practical ways to make schools more inclusive by exploring trans identities, terminology and challenging transphobia. Bookings are made through the portal:

https://childrens.eastsussexlearning.org.uk/courses/bookings/default.asp?ds=1&ccid=34

 

Charlotte Papworth
Charlotte Papworth
Equality and Participation Officer

Phone: 01323 747462
Email: charlotte.papworth@eastsussex.gov.uk