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)

Genes influence male sexual orientation, but not entirely

February 25, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer

Early February, a US study was published which shows that genes play a more significant role than previously thought . This seems to collide with the Darwinian theory of evolution. This seems to favor heterosexual tendencies over homosexual preferences. At least, so would many heteronormative academics and some African presidents argue.

Read more...

Iranian cyberpolice persecutes LGBT information websites

February 25, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
The head of the Iranian Cyber Police in the Western province of Ilam confirmed the arrest of an internet user who used social networks to "teach and promote immorality and homosexuality." Read more...

Spanish research shows need to frame anti-homophobia education in social and diversity education

February 25, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
In January, a large Spanish research was published. The report concludes that in general, staff and teachers perceived the school environment to be positive, but there is also a clear awareness that there remain persisting insults, teasing, exclusion and discrimination against persons who have characteristics that do not conform to the norm, especially the norms on beauty, gender and sexual orientation. Read more...

GALE maps the right to education in the 50th State

February 25, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
At the end of 2013, GALE mapped the Right to Education in the 50th State. Still 150 to go! Read more...

Dutch education alliance publishes quality criteria for LGBT inclusive schools

January 28, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
Today, the Dutch National Alliance for Sexual Diversity in Schools published a booklet "Open & Out: 10 rainbow keys for schools" (http://www.edudivers.nl/doc/onderwijsalliantie/tienregenboogsleutels.pdf). The booklet, which was published in Dutch, contains 10 criteria for LGBT inclusive schools. The "rainbow keys" are also included in an online test which offers schools tailored advice on how to make next steps in their school safety and their curriculum on "essential citizenship skills", like dealing with diversity and differences between people. Read more...

Tamil Nadu Schools begin Gender Identity Sessions

December 27, 2013 - Nik Boersma
Schools in Tamil Nadu are now inviting transgender activists and counsellors to sensitise students and staff about the community and its problems. Read more...

GALE Tweets