February marks LGBT History Month in the UK, a month of events celebrating the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people across the world and promoting education about the issues which still affect the LGBT community today.
Why LGBT HISTORY MONTH IS IMPORTANT FOR BUSHEY MEADS:
Our school has a crucial role in educating for equality. We have a responsibility to every pupil to ensure a safe and secure learning environment in which they can thrive. We have a responsibility to all pupils to prepare them for adult life in the real world.
A key part of doing this is to ensure that the culture of our school is inclusive and welcoming.
REASONS WHY LGBT HISTORY MONTH BENEFITS OUR WHOLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have a role in our history.LGBT people from the past and the present day can present as role models for young people.We need to celebrate LGBT’s as motivators, inventors, artists, scientists and stars.Young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender will benefit from the increased self-esteem and safety they will gain. And in turn they will be more likely to continue successfully with their education and to become happy and healthy adults, and less likely to suffer from violence, depression and suicide.Even though LGBT pupils, teachers and parents are in the minority, the majority of young people have a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender family member or family friend. When homophobia flourishes, all of these young people have to hide something about their background, with consequent damage to their self-esteem and thus their educational achievement.A homophobic atmosphere breeds resentment and education really suffers when neither the pupils nor the teachers feel safe and secure within this type of environment. Tackling homophobia and transphobia will make the entire school environment safer for everyone, and so improve educational achievement through our community.
In response to a request from students we will be setting up a group
GSA – Gay Straight Alliance.
The group will be run by two of our year 13 students and will take place in G block once a fortnight. Any student who wishes to attend will be welcome.
The students wish to create an accessible place where students can gather and talk in safety and privacy.
They want to ensure that we as a school are all inclusive and do not develop an ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality.
There will be an emphasis on confidentiality so that people are comfortable to be honest and upfront.
We will also be holding assemblies in the two weeks after half term one focusing on stereotypes and the other on LGBT history.