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October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 20, 2014

He made a huge mistake

A Swedish teacher and photographer was sacked on the same day he dared to call a student 'fag', it was reported today (20 October).

The Helsingborg schoolteacher, who has not been named in the report, was asked to take pictures of the new classes earlier this month.

'Fag number one, you can stand over here,' he allegedly shouted at one of the students.

That was a big mistake.

The photo shoot was stopped, and the school's principal was summoned. The offended boy in question went to call his parents.

October 9, 2014

A Primary School in the English town of Newhaven has introduced ‘gender neutral’ toilets for pupils in an effort to tackle transphobia

Boys and girls, aged between 4 and 11, returned from their summer break last month to discover that they were now able to share toilet facilities at Harbour Primary and Nursery School in Church Hill, Newhaven, East Sussex.

When pupils reported this change to their parents, some complained to the school about not being notified in advance.

This prompted a letter of explanation from the head teacher, Christine Terrey, and an invitation to attend a meeting on ‘preventing transphobia’.

October 6, 2014

A number of parents were unhappy with measures that the school has taken to highlight diversity and equality at the school

A small number of teachers have had an angry confrontation with Jamie Barry, the head teacher of Welford Primary School in Birmingham, England, over his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the school.

Around six police officers were called to attend the school on Friday morning (3 Oct) after a number of parents expressed anger at a parents forum meeting in the school hall.

According to the BBC, Mr Barry had to be escorted from the building for his own safety.

September 29, 2014

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of the UK’s Educate & Celebrate organization, says that the decision whether the come out or not remains a pressing concern for LGBT teachers today

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

September 25, 2014

Machinery teacher allowed other students to take pictures and tease his prank victim

A Canadian teacher is facing weeks of suspension after playing a homophobic prank on a teen.

Daniel Mark Ogloff has defended his actions as 'horseplay' after he slapped a 'I'm Gay' sticker on the Grade 11 student's back.

He is a metal fabrication and machining teacher at Aldergrove Community Secondary School in Lnagley, British Columbia.

During a class last year, he let the boy leave class unaware after he affixed the tape on his back. The teacher allowed other students to take pictures and tease him.

September 12, 2014

Matt McCormick and Travis McIntosh got legally hitched in order to win a competition to attend the next Rugby World Cup

To the anger of many LGBT rights campaigners, two heterosexual men in New Zealand have gone ahead with their marriage to one another this morning.

They did so as a stunt, as part of a competition run by a local radio station, in order to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup in the UK in 2015.

September 11, 2014

The Catholic school accused the 16-year-old of sexual harassment after seeing a photo of him kissing his boyfriend

Gay 16-year-old Colombian Sergio Urrego killed himself last month after persecution by his Catholic school.

His mother only recently spoke to the media about her son's suicide.

She said the ordeal started in May when a teacher at Gimnasio Castillo Campestre school in the Colombian capital Bogotá saw a photo of her son kissing his boyfriend on his phone. He confiscated it and the boys were sent to the school psychologist.

His boyfriend of a month and a half was forced to tell his parents about his sexuality and was withdrawn from the school.

September 11, 2014

Two male best friends are getting married to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England

Two best friends from New Zealand will get married tomorrow in order to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Engineering student Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, will say their rubgy-related vows in front of 60 family and friends in Auckland to win the radio competition.

McIntosh told the Otago Daily Times, 'We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

'It's just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.

September 9, 2014

The ‘gay’ chair, the child called ‘it’, the girl hit with a softball bat and the kids who think it’s ok to use anti-LGBTI language as long as it’s to their friends

Classroom commotions never bode well, even at the best of times. This was not the best of times: this was half past eight on a Monday morning in an unfamiliar school.

The problem, it transpired, was there were precisely 23 chairs in the room. There were 23 students - the math seemed simple enough. ‘But look!’ came the anguished howl, in a tone so plaintive I half expected the chair to be riddled with spikes.

Instead, a crude hand had wittily scrawled on it ‘whoeva sits on this cHair is gay’ [sic].

September 6, 2014

Emily Fox will serve a jail sentence for having an affair with the 15-year-old female student, after their messages to each other were exposed

A UK teacher has been jailed for 15 months for having sex with one of her students.

Emily Fox, a 26-year-old PE teacher at the all girls Royal Masonic School in Hertfordshire, will serve a 15-month sentence for having sex with a female student who was just 15 years old at the time.

It is reported the pair had many secret meetings, sex on several occasion and exchanged ‘hundreds’ of text messages.

The affair came to light when the student, who cannot be named, tried to print out a message Fox had sent to her.

September 3, 2014

A 32-year-old hopes to finally see justice after years of dealing with alleged sexual abuse

A gay man has claimed a male teacher at his Baptist school raped him weekly for three years to 'make him hate men'.

Jeff White, 32, has opened up about the horrific 'gay cure' he faced during the 1990s at a school in Walls, Mississippi.

His parents sent him to the school after he came out to them when he was 14 in 1996. The school's curriculum was and still is Bible based, with 'every student being taught the truths of God's word'.

August 14, 2014

‘I came out as a gay teacher in a whole-school assembly in 2010. Today, four years later, I just received this email. Wow.’

In 2010, teacher David Weston made an incredible decision.

He decided to come out to the entirety of Watford Grammar School, in Hertfordshire, England.

And now, four years later, a former student has got in touch with him to thank him.

Writing on Twitter, he said: ‘I came out as a gay teacher in a whole-school assembly in 2010. Today, four years later, I just received this email. Wow.’

It reads:

Hi David,

August 12, 2014

For a same-sex couple in Merseyside, adoption provided the answer to their dreams of motherhood

When gay male couples think about starting a family, the options most usually explored are adoption, surrogacy or an arrangement with a willing female friend. When a female couple or single woman wants to have children, then sperm donation or IVF treatment are the methods often utilised. However, not all women want – or are able – to give birth to their own kids, and for them, fostering and adoption are a more likely route to family life.

August 8, 2014

26-year old Emily Fox has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a female student

A lesbian PE teacher in England must register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to having sex with an underage student.

Emily Fox has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with the minor, whom Fox met at the Royal Masonic School for girls in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

In the United Kingdom, the age of consent is 16.

The incidents reportedly occurred from 2012 to 2013, during the year term Fox was teaching at the school.

July 30, 2014

When bullies attacked Liam Hackett he thought he was going to die – and was secretly relieved. Now his charity is fixing the problem for other kids

You know that awkward feeling you get when you go to a party with your friend without knowing anybody else there and your friend disappears?

Without even realizing, fears of rejection quickly set in and you’re left feeling incredibly self-conscious. As a safety barrier, you subtly pull out your mobile and act nonchalant whilst frantically trying to figure out where your mate went.

Maybe it doesn’t happen to you anymore, but we can all relate to that distinctive feeling of dread mixed with heightened self-awareness.

July 22, 2014

The Minister for Education has warned a headmistress that her school could lose funding if it is found she fired a teacher for being gay

A Catholic school could lose its public funding if it is found they fired a teacher for being gay.

Italy’s Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the Trento school after a teacher spoke out about being sacked to protect the school’s ‘ethics’.

Eugenia Libratore, the headmistress of Sacro Cuore, reportedly said she decided not to renew the ‘adequate and professional’ teacher’s contract because she ‘has the school’s environment to protect’ and ‘moral ethics’ to preserve.

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 21, 2014

Singapore's highest Islamic authority cautions Muslims against adopting a 'confrontational approach' and that mosques 'must not be seen as a movement to oppose' LGBTIs

With one week to go before Pink Dot, the largest pro-LGBTI rally in Singapore, an Islamic religious teacher earlier this month launched an online campaign to protest against homosexuality and the Pink Dot event.

Led by Ustaz Noor Deros, a religious teacher, the group said in a press statement on its web site that the WearWhite (#wearwhite) movement is a response to their 'observations of the growing normalization of LGBT in Singapore.'

Their video on YouTube, which features 10 unnamed individuals and was released earlier this week, has since been made private.

May 28, 2014

One first grade teacher, who was at her post for over 14 years, had to choose between her job and supporting her gay son

A group of teachers fired for being gay or supporting gay family members have asked for an audience with the Pope.

The Human Rights Campaign have delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine US teachers who lost their jobs at Catholic schools for either being LGBTI or supporting LGBTI family members.

The letter requests a meeting with Pope Francis ‘so that you may hear our personal stories first hand and see the impact the Church’s actions have had on us all.’

May 15, 2014

A Nevada seventh grader who brought a pistol to school and shot a teacher and two other students revealed in his suicide note that he was angry about being labeled as gay and ‘retarded’ by bullies

Nevada state authorities have released the details of why they think 12-year-old Jose Reyes brought a gun to school and fired on classmates before shooting himself on 21 October last year.

Reyes wounded two other students and killed a teacher before shooting himself just 10 minutes after being dropped at Sparks Middle School by his mother.

A 1,300 page report into the shooting was made public on Tuesday and reveals that Reyes left behind two suicide notes – one for his parents and one for his teachers and classmates.

May 13, 2014

West Chester teacher Molly Shumate has quit her job rather than sign a new employment contract with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that would ban her from publicly supporting her son’s sexuality

A veteran Cincinnati, Ohio Catholic school teacher has become the first to quit her job over a new teacher employment contract being introduced by the Archdiocese because it would mean that she could not publicly support her gay son.

Molly Shumate’s 22-year-old son Zachery is openly gay and the new contract strictly forbids teachers from any public support for homosexuality.

April 25, 2014

Laura Jane Klug: 'I’m willing to do whatever because I really need a paycheck. It doesn’t make me very happy'

Substitute teacher Laura Jane Klug has been allowed to return to work for the Texas school district that suspended her after parents complained because she is transgender.

But Klug is not being allowed to teach at Lumberton Independent School District.

She agreed this week to accept a full-time position outside the classroom that will last through the end of the school year.