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November 15, 2013

Schools Out is encouraging everyone to wear pink clothes to celebrate 10th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.

Schools Out is asking UK schools to go pink on Monday (18 November) to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.

Section 28, which became law in 1988 under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, stopped local authorities from 'promoting' homosexuality.

But it was widely interpreted as banning any discussion of lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in schools, even when LGBT pupils went to teachers to ask for help.

July 15, 2013

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Supporters enjoying sunshine outside Britain’s House of Parliament as they await the final decision for gay marriage in England and Wales

Gay marriage supporters are enjoying a carnival atmosphere and perfect wedding weather at the rally outside Britain’s House of Lords for the final marriage equality vote.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus is singing ‘Get Me To The Church On Time’ and ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s is handing out rainbow wedding cake. Tubs of Appley Ever After ice cream will follow later.

July 12, 2012

Lesbian teacher Elly Barnes has been commended as an ‘inspiration’ for making her school a centre for LGBT tolerance in UK schools

A British lesbian teacher has received ‘high commendations’ in a UK teaching awards ceremony for her campaign to end homophobia in schools.

Elly Barnes of Stoke Newington School, London, was highly commended in the: ‘most inspirational teacher category’, in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) award.

June 20, 2012

LGBT campaign group SchoolsOUT calls for UK schools to better equip teachers to tackle homophobic bullying following Ofsted report

Campaigners are calling for UK schools to do more to tackle homophobic bullying following a report which found many staff are not sufficiently trained to deal with the problem.

Ofsted’s No Place For Bullying report, published yesterday (19 June), revealed that most anti-bullying training in schools was too general and failed to focus on specifics, leading to many teachers feeling ill-equipped to tackle incidents of homophobia.

Inspectors from Britain’s education watchdog also found that casual use of anti-gay language was common in many of the schools visited.

June 20, 2012

LGBT campaign group SchoolsOUT calls for UK schools to better equip teachers to tackle homophobic bullying following Ofsted report

Campaigners are calling for UK schools to do more to tackle homophobic bullying following a report which found many staff are not sufficiently trained to deal with the problem.

Ofsted’s No Place For Bullying report, published yesterday (19 June), revealed that most anti-bullying training in schools was too general and failed to focus on specifics, leading to many teachers feeling ill-equipped to tackle incidents of homophobia.

Inspectors from Britain’s education watchdog also found that casual use of anti-gay language was common in many of the schools visited.

April 11, 2012

Rights groups concerned over mosque in Birmingham, England, where preachers were secretly filmed allegedly preaching gay hate

A UK mosque where scholars were accused of preaching gay hate will open a boys school.

The Green Lane Masjid Independent Boys School in Birmingham will offer pupils, aged 11 to 16, lessons on the Koran and Arabic, in addition to the traditional subjects of maths, English and science.

The school, which charges £3,500 a year, will open its doors in September 2012.

However, the mosque was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary in 2008 which showed secret footage of Islamic clerics allegedly preaching hate against gays and non-Muslims.

April 11, 2012

Rights groups concerned over mosque in Birmingham, England, where preachers were secretly filmed allegedly preaching gay hate

A UK mosque where scholars were accused of preaching gay hate will open a boys school.

The Green Lane Masjid Independent Boys School in Birmingham will offer pupils, aged 11 to 16, lessons on the Koran and Arabic, in addition to the traditional subjects of maths, English and science.

The school, which charges £3,500 a year, will open its doors in September 2012.

However, the mosque was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary in 2008 which showed secret footage of Islamic clerics allegedly preaching hate against gays and non-Muslims.

January 31, 2012

Sue Sanders anticipates diverse program for nationwide celebration

Sue Sanders, founder of British LGBT History Month is eagerly anticipating the launch of the eighth annual event.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Sanders said: 'I am so excited and proud of our community.

'We have grabbed a space, a concept and populated it with such a myriad of ideas that demonstrate the diversity of our community.

January 31, 2012

Sue Sanders anticipates diverse program for nationwide celebration

Sue Sanders, founder of British LGBT History Month is eagerly anticipating the launch of the eighth annual event.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Sanders said: 'I am so excited and proud of our community.

'We have grabbed a space, a concept and populated it with such a myriad of ideas that demonstrate the diversity of our community.

January 18, 2012

Schools Out campaign call for better equality training for teachers

As education watchdog Ofsted announce plans to toughen up the language of inspections used in English schools, Schools Out co-chair Sue Sanders has called for more equality training of teachers and school inspectors.

The change to the grading system comes after the official body for inspecting schools decided to address the number of schools who have been coasting by on 'satisfactory' for several years.

January 18, 2012

Schools Out campaign call for better equality training for teachers

As education watchdog Ofsted announce plans to toughen up the language of inspections used in English schools, Schools Out co-chair Sue Sanders has called for more equality training of teachers and school inspectors.

The change to the grading system comes after the official body for inspecting schools decided to address the number of schools who have been coasting by on 'satisfactory' for several years.