Why do we celebrate? In February, we celebrate the histories, lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and other) people. Being gay was illegal in the UK until 1967 - and even after that LGBTQ+ people found it very difficult to find acceptance and safety – so, this history month celebrates the achievements of those in the past who couldn’t get the recognition that they deserved. It also aims to celebrate the successes of today’s LGBT community who are still fighting for equal rights across the globe. This year’s theme = law and citizenship
Belonging to a society; having the same rights.
Citizenship 10 years ago, I was made to feel like I didn’t belong.
Citizenship 10 years later, it’s amazing to see how the place of LGBTQ+ people in society has changed.
The LGBTQ+ Awards 2016 Best Legal Advance
Worst Holiday Destination
In July the US Supreme Court ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. This meant that the marriage of gay couples became legal in every state in America.
Kyrgyzstan whose ‘anti-gay propaganda’ laws have led to daily attacks, threats and imprisonment of the LGBTQ+ community.
Best TV Show ‘Class’ (part of the Doctor Who franchise, written by Patrick Ness) features a super-cool gay couple Charlie and Matteusz who save the world from aliens every week.
Deadliest tragedy in LGBTQ+ history.
The attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Florida which claimed the lives of 49 gay people and seriously injured 53 others.
Citizenship Whilst things are getting better every day, there’s still a long way to go until the LGBTQ+ people have true equality across the globe.
We’re all in this together. If they come for the Muslims, and the Christians speak out, we’re all safe. If they come for the gays, and the straights speak out, we’re all safe. If they come for the people of colour and the people of other colours speak out, we are all safe. If they come for the women and the men speak out, we’re all safe. We are safe because we are together. - Amy Poehler
How will school continue to support our Ecco family? • Proud Stonewall School Champion
- Recognised as a lead school in being proactive in the work
we do to support equality. There is always more to do!
• Eradicating homophobic language
- Since we had a drive on this, we have not had one repeat offender. Phone calls home and follow up conversations are key to the education.
• Recent anti-bullying assemblies - Anti-bullying ambassadors to be appointed soon and these students will be involved in the continued drive for equality.
• Transgender policy in place – Offers support within school. • Lots more! – PSHCE curriculum, Form Forum, profile around school…..always more to do!