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)

Course

July 26, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer

During the 3 days before the ILGA Europe conference in Riga, GALE will organize a short course on how to do strategic research that can enhance your local or national education strategy. The course has a temporary reduced price.

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"Go Thai, be free" (but not in a Thai school)

July 19, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
Thailand is often perceived by both foreigners and some of its own population as very accepting of sexual and gender diversity. A Thai government agency makes use of this perception in a campaign “Go Thai, be free” aimed at increasing the number of foreign LGBT tourists in Thailand. However, a recent research in schools show that homophobic and transphobic bullying is a serious problem. Read more...

Hong Kong teacher reads Tim Ribberink suicide note in class

July 12, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
In Hong Kong, Chow-Yiu-Fai teaches about gay teen suicide by reading the suicide note of the Dutch student Tim Ribberink in class. The "I am me" project of the Pink Alliance of Hong Kong made a touching video of the lesson, which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXmClJJz57s. Read more...

Elementary school teacher wins award for Dutch contest on teaching methods about sexual diversity

July 05, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
Piet Karsten, a Dutch elementary school teacher from the small town Venhuizen, has won the prize for the Dutch “MyID” contest. The context was organized by the National Education Alliance for Sexual Diversity, and was focused on developing new teaching methods on sexual diversity (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual diversity). The prize was awarded today by the aldermen Jannie Visscher and Bianca Kaathoven of the City of Eindhoven during the official program of the Dutch Gay Pride “Pink Saturday”. Read more...

UK government bans teaching creationism as science in all state schools

June 26, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
Mid-June, the UK government banned teaching creationism as science in all publicly funded schools and academies. The creationist theory has commonly been used by orthodox Christians to denaturalize sexual orientations other than heterosexuality, as "running counter to the intentions of creation". Read more...

Conference on bullying recognizes need for more strategic approach of school bullying

June 13, 2014 - Peter Dankmeijer
On 11-12 June, a European conference on LGBT bullying in schools was organized in Athens. The aim of the conference was not too focus only on good practices but also to identify and address barriers to further engagement and achievement. An increasing number of NGOs, policy makers, teachers, equality bodies, and students get involved in combating LGBT bullying but there are still very few examples of measures, policies or legislation that have been put in place and have achieved results to fight specifically against homophobic and transphobic school bullying. Read more...

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