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)

Russian situation in schools and for LGBT youth deteriorates

February 17, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer

The Russian situation of LGBT teenagers and of LGBT teachers has further been threatened in recent months. In December, a lesbian teacher was fired after accusations of so-called immoral action by a homophobic activist. In January, the founder of the LGBT youth website Children 404 was convicted of propaganda for non-traditional relations.

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IFED announces 4th rainbow family day

February 20, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
The Network of International Family Equality Day (IFED) announced that on May 3, LGBTQ family organizations from around the world will celebrate the fourth International Family Equality Day. Read more...

Ghana students attempt to lynch gay students

February 11, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
According to Gay Star News, on 6 February students at an all-boys high school in Danu tried to lynch two fellow students for having sex with each other. The police were called to stop the riot and shot one first-year student. The two victims of the riot were arrested. Read more...

Twelve year old Peruvian boy commits suicide due to homophobia

February 10, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
Two days ago, a 12 year old Peruvian boy from Iquitos committed suicide after an argument with his stepfather. The stepfather had shaved his hair shaved as punishment for being gay, so he would "learn to feel like a man." The boy had also suffered strong harassment from his classmates at school. He hanged himself. He left a suicide note in which he expressed his hatred towards his mother's partner. Read more...

Study shows social exclusion and loneliness to be at the core of LGBT teenage risk factors

February 07, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
A recent article in "LGBT Health" shows LGBT youth with a high social economic background are more likely to receive support from family, peers, and significant others, while youth with lower social economic backgrounds receive less support. For most mental health outcomes, family support appears to be an especially relevant and important source of support to target for LGBT youth. The school context was not separately explored in this research. Read more...

GALE discusses how to deal with "enemies" in Lithuania

February 06, 2015 - Peter Dankmeijer
On 2nd October 2014 GALE was one of the speakers at the conference on “Tackling Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying: Challenges and Effective Responses”, organized by the national LGBT rights organization of Lithuania, LGL. International en national experts shared their views on psychological aspects of bullying, empowerment of young LGBTQ people and good practices at school and national policies. Read more...

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