The LGBT History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. A pre-launch event was held recently, to draw attention to next February’s event. The fifth 2009 LGBT History Month theme is Education and Youth, and the key-note speaker was Baroness Morgan of Drefelin (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Children, Schools and Families).
Baroness Morgan expressed her wish to see a light shining in the dark corners of classrooms and for the reality of LGBT lives to be fully realised in the curriculum. She also announced that new guidance is being developed for schools on gender and gender identity with the consultation starting soon.
As councillor Kahn, another speaker, reminded the audience in his own speech: “if, for some reason, you can’t be a friend, there is no reason why you should be an enemy”.
For those who could not attend and still wish to make a difference in their own school, advice and tips are available in the new School Toolkit (a Word document) which can be downloaded here.