Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people exist in our world, exist in our families and therefore, should also be present in young people’s education. The LGBT+ young people that we work with in our youth groups consistently tell us, that at no point during their growing up, were LGBT+ people ever visible, ever discussed. This then meant that they lacked the language and terminology to help them understand and describe who they are.
Inspired by the experiences of our LGBT+ young people, we have created a number of pioneering, engaging and fun educational resources to enable conversations that usualise the existence of LGBT+ people and, importantly, help de-stigmatise the language and words being used.
LGBT+ education should be positively framed (i.e. not always through a lens of bullying) and should be done in two ways:
- Specific – education that usually happens within PSHE, where LGBT+ identities are being directly taught about. This can be achieved in KS3 and KS4 with our Pride in PSHE and LGBT+ History Month resources.
- Inclusive – where LGBT+ people and experiences are being made more visible and usual by sprinkling them as examples across the wider school curriculum. This can be achieved in KS3 and KS4 using the Rainbow Flag Award Classroom resources, or with our assembly resources.
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