On 31 January 2019, a piece of magic happened in the Coop Angel Square building in Manchester. In the first event of it’s kind in the North of England, young people from ten schools came together to share and celebrate the work they had been undertaking as part of their school’s LGBT+ group. Young people from four of the ten schools made presentations, all of them very different, all of them extremely thought provoking and empowering. The presentations can be found below.
Thank you to everyone that came along, making the day very special indeed. There will be more, watch this space!
Coop Academy Manchester
Young people from the Coop Academy Manchester have been developing their “Stand Up, Speak Out” group. This group is passionate about social justice, and plans to develop and deliver an awareness raising campaign each term, on a variety of topics. This group delivered their first campaign, around being visible LGBT+ allies, in February 2019, for LGBT History Month.
The East Manchester Academy
As part of their work towards the Rainbow Flag Award, The East Manchester Academy developed an LGBT+ Ambassadors group. This group meets weekly and members wear rainbow badges as a symbol that they can be approached by other pupils for support, or for those that simply have a question. They’ve undertaken lots of awareness raising work, as well as taken part in the Rainbow Cards Project.
Coop Academy Failsworth
There has been an active LGBT+ group at Coop Academy Failsworth for some time now. The group helps direct the curriculum, to ensure it is LGBT+ inclusive. For Xmas 2018, the group also did a large fundraiser for The Proud Trust, by selling “queer” Xmas cards that had been designed by the group – thank you very much for supporting our work in this way.
The LGBT+ group at Siddal Moor meets weekly, and creatively find ways to make the curriculum more LGBT+ inclusive. In Technology students have been making rainbow cakes, in Chemistry rainbow flames! Meanwhile, in History, students have been learning about Alan Turing and his contribution to the country, and in Literature, a focus on Juno Dawson and Oscar Wilde.