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)

ARES project recommends improving teacher skills

July 30, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer

After two years of discussion about combating LGBT discrimination by using film, the partners of the European ARES consortium recommend their countries and to the European Community to increase efforts to make sure trainers and educators can deal with discussions about sexual diversity properly.

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GALE publishes country scores on LGBTI education

May 17, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
On the occasion of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia), GALE publishes how States score on their implementation of the right to education for LGBTI students. Ireland scores highest with 97%. Afghanistan, Iraq and Liberia share a joint lowest score of 0%. Read more...

Almost a quarter of school bullying in Lithuania is homophobic

May 10, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
The Lithuanian LGBT organization LGL has released a research on homophobic bullying in Lithuanian schools, which shows that almost a quarter of teachers (23.3%) said that verbal bullying is based on presumed or actual sexual orientation. Read more...

Italian and Dutch schools start exchange on sexual diversity policy

May 08, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
With a grant of the European Union, 3 schools in the Netherlands, Italy and San Sebastian start a two year exchange about sexual diversity in their schools. In April, the first meeting took place in Bari, Italy. Read more...

New primary schools materials on diverse families made in Argentina

May 05, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
In March, the NGO "Argentina 100% Diversity and Rights" presented a series of educational materials for primary school children. The materials have the aim to make family diversity visible and to contribute to open cultural change in the country. This is part of a series of interventions since the enactment of the recent LGBTI equality laws in Argentina. Read more...

UNESCO passes resolution against gender based violence

April 28, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
On 16th April, 2015, during UNESCO's Executive Board meeting an historic resolution "Learning Without Fear" was passed. The resolution condemns gender-based violence in and around schools. Read more...

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