Schools Out are calling for people to wear a pink item of clothing on the Monday 18th November to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.
Section 28 of the Local Government Act was a piece of legislation that stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. Whilst no prosecution occurred under the legislation, scores of local authorities not surprisingly took a path of least resistance and avoided any project with gay undertones.
The damaging effects of this vile legislation introduced by the Tories in 1988 went much further than the classroom, through fear of losing local authority funding many art galleries, museums, and theaters stopped showing any work that related to LGBT life.
Section 28 was eventually repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland as one of the first pieces of legislation enacted by the new Scottish Parliament, and three years later in the rest of Great Britain by section 122 of the Local Government Act 2003 introduced by Labour.
Even though 10 years has passed some schools, head teachers, and teachers in the UK seem to conveniently ignore the fact that Section 28 has been repealed, quietly refusing to provide a fully inclusive education. Some schools do an excellent job whilst others don’t appear to want to deal with LGBT issues or even put it on their agenda.
As part of Plymouth’s first Winter Pride event (Sat 8th Feb 2014) at Devonport Guildhall we are hosting a live panel debate that will focus on tackling bullying in schools in particular relating to LGBT pupils and children of same sex couples, gay, or transgender parents.
The panel will be headed up by Shaun Dellenty a deputy head teacher and founder of Inclusion for All.
Shaun will be joined by other advisers from the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Friends and Families of Lesbian and Gays (FFLAG) and teachers that want to make a difference.
If you are a teacher or work in education then Schools Out are asking that in addition to wearing PINK on the 18th November, you teach just one lesson from their free National Curriculum-linked lesson-plan site The Classroom. They want teachers to be visualising and actualising LGBT people for every age and in any subject. This is a chance for teachers to celebrate diversity and to send out the clear message to every country where similar or even harsher laws are still in place, from every classroom in Britain.
For more information visit the Schools Out Website.