FIGHTING HOMO/TRANS PHOBIA IN AND THROUGH EDUCATION
A joint GALHA/Schools Out initiative.
This is a special meeting for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), which is marked by over 90 countries on or around May 17TH.
(For more info about IDAHO and this year's theme - please see www.dayagainsthomophobia.org )
The meeting will consist of a panel discussion with key speakers from the world of education and LGBT Rights, illustrated by short films made in Europe for a pan European tool kit to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
The panel will discuss issues affecting the rights of LGBT pupils at schools, from the prevention and resolution of bullying, to the need for curriculum development and the role of faith schools.
Confirmed members of the panel include:
Tony Fenwick - Co chair of Schools Out and LGBT History Month. Tony has been using educational tools to encourage LGBT issues to be taught in schools around the globe.
Elly Barnes- Music teacher and Diversity Course Leader at Stoke Newington School recently voted NO1 on the Independent's "Pink List" for 2011. Elly has raised the profile of LGBT issues in her school to the extent that the rates of all bullying, including homophobic, have decreased.
Janet Palmer- HM Inspector, Ofstead, National Advisor for Personal Social, Health and Ecomomic Education. Janet is closely involved in ensuring that the new Ofsted frameworks for all aspects of education and care include LGBT issues.
Lydia Malmedie- Stonewall Education Officer.
Adrian Tippetts- Freelance journalist and NSS council member.
At this meeting we will also be showing a film of Stoke Newington School's Celebration of LGBT History Month.