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)

GALE offers extra research course to benefactors of the ILGA research call

October 18, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer

The deadline to submit a proposal for the ILGA Europe call on research in education (http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/news/latest/13th_call_education) is closing on Monday 20 October. The ILGA call includes activities to improve the expertise of activists to do research. It is still possible to include a small budget (€ 275) to participate in an extra GALE course "Assessing homophobia and transphobia in schools".



October 16, 2014 - Fernando Fuster-Fabra
We are applying for a grant from ILGA to carry out a survey with questionaires, interviews and alert points in school premises in communities that use either English or Spanish as the communications vehicle. Read more...

GALE facilitates international course on research on sexual diversity in schools

October 12, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
On 6-8 October, GALE facilitated a course for 11 international participants from Europe on how to do research on sexual diversity in schools. The course mostly focused on strategically and practically ‘asking the right questions’ because too much research does not have social impact because the research objectives and follow-up strategy are not clear enough. Read more...

Greece adopts penalties against incitation to racist and homophobic violence

October 11, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
On September 9, the Greek Parliament, passed an anti-racism law allowing for stricter penalties for individuals and legal entities that engage in racism or incite racist violence. The law includes penalties against incitation of attacks against LGBT persons. Read more...

GLSEN promotes to frame sexual diversity in wider social inclusion school policies

October 09, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
During the ILGA Europe conference, GLSEN director Eliza Byard, advocated to frame sexual diversity in wider social inclusion school policies. It makes our movement and cooperation with mainstream organizations stronger when we focus on school policies and programs that include not only LGBT issues, but also take into account the need for general authenticity, honesty, respect, empathy and equal treatment for all minority groups. Read more...

"Happy story" research recommends to include LGB teenagers in regular events

October 01, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
Researchers asking LGB teenagers to describe an event when they were happy, conclude teenagers are hardly different from straight teenagers in the events they describe. The researchers conclude that having a good time with friends is most important. They recommend that schools secure that LGB teenagers can be themselves not only at special time or in GSA’s, but also in general school events. Read more...

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