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.

LGBTI movement concerned about government taking over safer schools program - January 01, 2017

1 January 2016 - The LGBTI movement of the Australian State Victoria have raised concerns over the state government’s recent decision to take over the Safe Schools program and critically review it. The concern is based on serious grounds because under political pressure to get rid of the positive content about LGBTI issues, the government has been very critical of the program this year.

GALE calls for candidates for the GALE Association Committee - December 27, 2016

27 December 2016 - In February, GALE will hold elections for the first GALE Association Committee. The Committee will be a representation of the members and will advise about the global strategy of GALE in the following five years. Now, the call for candidates has opened. Members are asked to make their interest to be a candidate know to p.dankmeijer@gale.info and to submit a short campaign text to be published on the GALE website.

Vitit Muntarbhorn remains UN independent expert despite fierce opposition - December 19, 2016

19 December 2016 - The new independent expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity remains in function. This became clear after a second attack of a block of 77 countries. Vitit Muntarbhorn held a keynote speech at the ILGA World Conference in Bangkok, where he outlined that he will take his mandate to not only include physical violence but also to other forms of violence common in schools.

GALE failed to address lack of influence on standard setting mechanisms at UNESCO - December 14, 2016

14 December 2016 - At the world conference of UNESCO affiliated NGOs, GALE tried to discuss the failure of UNESCO to include NGOs in the review of the implementation of conventions. The attempt failed, but may be put on the agenda next year. In the mean time, GALE keeps working on improved participation of NGOs in the UNESCO standard setting mechanisms, especially to make our voices heard in the consultation of the Convention Against Discrimination in Education and the Recommendation on Human Rights Education. Image: Peter Dankmeijer offering information to the participants of the UNESCO NGO conference, Paris, 13 December.

Being an ally to intersex students in schools - December 10, 2016

10 December 2016 - Recently, ILGA-Europe and the federation of Intersex organizations OII-Europe published a toolkit on how to be a good ally of intersex people. The document provides some pointers to how schools, school consultants and educators can take intersex issues into account in their work.