Welcome at LGBT education

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. GALE is a formal partner of UNESCO. Our main priorities are:

  1. Map the Right to Education worldwide (see checklist) and promoting the proper implementation of the Right to Education by states (see the guide Advocate for sexual diversity education and the long version with many annexes)
  2. Pilot projects in schools and developing a toolkit to work with schools
  3. Pilot projects on LGBT storytelling/peer-education and developing a supportive tookit
  4. Promoting and supporting the inclusion of LGBT issues in sexuality education and bullying strategies in cooperation with UNESCO (see UNESCO publication on homophobic bullying)

Dutch teenagers slightly more tolerant but still not supportive

January 17, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer

According to a survey by the Dutch Social and Cultural Planning Bureau, the superficial opinions of heterosexual youth about sexual diversity have improved over the last few years, but LGBT youth still often remain in the closet and have to deal with negative experiences. Especially effeminate boys and butch girls suffer discrimination.


Transgender teen suicide creates US movement against trans conversion therapy

January 12, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
On Sunday, December 27, 2014, Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender youth wrote a suicide note, posted it on Tumblr and then walked out to a highway and out in front of a semi-truck tragically ending her life. In her last post, Leelah explained how her parents had forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity. Read more...

The Netherlands integrate sexual diversity in care and social studies

January 07, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
GALE, its Dutch partner EduDiversity, COC Netherlands and Theatre AanZ ("Your Turn") are developing a project to fully integrate attention for sexual diversity in Care & Social Studies for young adults in the Netherlands. "Care & Social studies" qualify young people to become a nurse or a social worker. This is important because nurses and social workers have to be sensitive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, especially to vulnerable young and elderly LGBT. Read more...

GALE calls for creation of national strategic education committees

December 29, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
After two years of facilitating strategic workshops in 9 countries, GALE director Peter Dankmeijer calls upon activists, governments and allies from the education sector to create national strategic education committees to enhance the implementation of the right to education for LGBT and other students. Read more...

New European project on e-teacher training to combat homophobia

December 28, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
In November, a new European cooperation project started which includes the development of an e-course for teachers to combat homophobia. The course will be tested in the Netherlands, Italy and Basque country (Spain). Read more...

Canadian teacher suspended for sticking “gay” on a pupils back

December 20, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
In September, a secondary school teacher from Langley in British Columbia, Canada, has been suspended for sticking a sign on a 11 year old student’s back saying “I’m gay”. Read more...

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