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GALE is a learning community focusing on education about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. We promote the full inclusion of people who are disadvantaged because of their sexual orientation, sexual identity and their expression by identifying, enhancing and sharing educational expertise. The membership of the community is free and open to anyone actively involved in education about LGBT issues.
Isolating LGBT students is bad practice - April 19, 2016
19 April 2016 - Early April male student of a school in the Netherlands was taken out of his classes and taught separately "for his own protection". The student Maicke van der Belt came out in school and severely bullied by his fellow students. After strong public protests that isolating the victim rather than the perpetrators is bad practice, the principal decided to return him to his classes. The local expertise centre on LGBT issues in schools call for school guidelines on how to deal with such concrete situations.
Williams Institute recommends including SOGI in large scale monitoring surveys - April 05, 2016
5 April 2016 - The Williams Institute published a paper with general recommendations on how to measure SOGI in large scale population surveys. The author, Andrew Park, states that LGBTI people have long been called “hard to reach” populations, but concludes that much of this lack of “reachability” has been due to a refusal or insensitivity to actually ask questions in surveys.
Australia forbids teaching empathy with LGBTI bullied students - March 30, 2016
30 March 2016 - The federal government of Australia chose the National Day of Action against Bullying to present changes to the Safe Schools program. The program will be forbidden in primary schools. Exercises that create empathy with gay or lesbian students have to be deleted. These changes are forced by the Australian Christian Lobby group which maintains that empathy for minorities will hurt the sensitivities of religious students.
European Youth Health Report show shocking lack of attention to LGBT youth - March 28, 2016
28 March 2016 - Recently, the HSBC report report on the health situation of youth in Europe came out. Although many reports show that LGBT youth suffer significant health risks, once again the HSBC does not give any attention to these health risks. Peter Dankmeijer, director of GALE, comments: "I am shocked that after all these years, these is still a systematic silence about sexual diversity".
Senegalese student mob try to lynch student thought to be gay - March 23, 2016
23 maart 2016 - Last week, a student mob in Dakar, Senegal has tried to lynch a student they thought was gay. The crowd formed Tuesday 15 March at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. One student accused another of hitting on him in the showers. The accused student was followed by an increasingly angry mob. He fled into a bank office on campus, which is also the office of the campus security. Frightening amateur footage shows the angry mob flocking into the bank building to demand the bank staff to release the homosexual to them.