Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Members
The NASUWT has a range of campaigns and activities supporting LGBT members. The National LGBT Advisory Committee has informed policy development on LGBT issues, including civil partnerships, working with key national partners including Stonewall through the Education for All coalition and the provision of guidance on tackling homophobic bullying and the implications of the 2010 Equality Act.
Events for LGBT Members
The annual LGBT Teachers' Consultation Conferences have proven to be highly successful, with previous events considering issues such as heterosexism within the curriculum, international LGBT issues and the issues facing Trans workers.
This year's LGBT Conference was held on 23 February 2013 in Birmingham and covered sessions on the Union's Standing up for Standards campaign, tackling homophobic bullying, trans awareness and creating an LGBT friendly school environment.
Next year's conference will take place on 8 February 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham.
This video is hosted on the NASUWT YouTube channel. You may have difficulty viewing it if your machine has filters blocking the site.
The NASUWT provides a two-day development course specifically aimed at LGBT members interested in getting involved in the Union. This course for LGBT members is available at some regional centres and at the Union's Headquarters in Rednal, Birmingham. The next LGBT Members' Development Course is on 10th-11th May 2013 at the NASUWT Headquarters, Birmingham.
The NASUWT also runs a professional seminar for LGBT teachers entitled ‘Out and Safe’, which considers issues facing LGBT teachers and relevant legal protections. The next course is on 15 June 2013 at the Union Headquarters, Birmingham.
Have your say on issues affecting LGBT teachers.
International Day Against Homophobia
The NASUWT marks each year the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) (new window)on 17th May, reaffirming the Union’s unshakable belief that that all human beings are born equal and that by defending the rights of other human beings we help make the world a better place. As a trade union, we have a duty to champion equality, not just at home but around the world, and we will do this tirelessly. We still have a long way to go and that’s why today is so important.
It is a disgrace that in 70 countries it is still a criminal offence to be gay. Men, women and children face systemic harassment, intimidation, violence, ostracism, hate crimes - and in seven countries death – simply because of their sexual orientation. The union is proud of its work across the globe alongside sister unions to fight the disease of homophobia,
The NASUWT is supporting Education International's call for governments to honour the obligations outlined in the UN Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action (UN VDPA, June 1993).
The Vienna UN World Conference on Human Rights (1993) was a vital step forward in recognising human rights. During the conference, lobbied for by civil society organisations, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Right (OHCHR) was created. The OHCHR has since successfully addressed discrimination against LGBT people.
In March 2012, the first formal UN debate on LGBT issues was held at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UN resolution, “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, adopted by the Human Rights Council (17 June 2011), commissioned the UN report, “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”. The report, released by the OHCHR, outlines “a pattern of human rights violations… that demands a response”, and says governments have too often overlooked violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
At an international level, the rise in conservatism - and fundamentalism in certain countries - is a matter of concern. Some States, conservative and religious groups are blocking the realisation of human rights for all by making statements that seek to weaken the human rights language enshrined in previous agreements. They have opposed provisions which would have further enhanced the set of measures against gender-based violence and further enshrined sexual and health rights, LGBT rights or migrant rights.
Today, some States seek to manipulate the words of the Vienna Declaration to give them the exact opposite meaning than intended. Instead of the ‘universality’ of human rights, they speak of ‘universally recognised’ human rights, seeking to exclude those they do not recognise.
Additionally, they invoke the principle of ‘non-discrimination’, and then explain why this principle does not apply to LGBT people. Appeals to ‘traditional values’ are increasing, substituting cultural relativism for universal standards.
Social reforms, such as same-sex marriage proposed in Britain and adopted in France, have aroused strong opposition from conservative and religious groups.
All Governments should comply with the obligations in the Declaration as they have been affirmed by the UN as universal, indivisible and consistent with all human rights.
EI calls on all members to defend, and expand, trade union rights, including the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly for all, including LGBT people.
LGBT History Month
Each year the month of February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans History Month (new window), which celebrates the lives and achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the history of the LGBT movement, its fight for equality and to campaign for an end to discrimination in society and the workplace. LGBT History Month 2013 was dedicated to maths, science and engineering and celebrated the work of Alan Turing, World War Two code breaker and pioneer of computer science. The NASUWT supported a number of events across the country to mark the month.
The NASUWT sponsors Pride Games (new window). The Games are the largest LGBT sports event in the UK and bring together hundreds of LGBT people and friends to compete and try new sports. Pride Games seeks to encourage open and active participation of the LGBT community in the sporting world and in the wider community, to inform and engage in policy and sports development, and to support the representation of LGBT athletes and LGBT sports in the wider community. During the Olympics the NASUWT sponsored Pride House, which was a space at the Games to celebrate LGBT sporting achievements.
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Pride Sports Trust
Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)
International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)
ILGA Europe Region
TUC LGBT Pages
UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group
The NASUWT is involved in a number of Pride events this year. Pride marches and parades celebrate LGBT culture. Most Pride events occur annually and many take place around June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the modern LGBT rights movement. The NASUWT sponsors London and Black Pride and has a presence at the larger Pride events. Below are the Pride events that are taking place in 2013.
25th & 26th May
31st May – 9th June
1st June 2013
8th & 9th June
25th - 30th June
28th June – 6th July
Marseille Province 10th – 20th July
12th -14th July
20th – 21st July
Brighton and Hove Pride
3rd & 4th August
16th – 26th August
Cardiff Mardi Gras
Tackling Homophobic Bullying
Stonewall, the national lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, has launched FIT, a feature-film produced to help secondary schools tackle homophobic bullying. Written by playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair, FIT is an intelligent, powerful and entertaining film that tackles the issue of homophobic bullying in a culture where everything from not liking sport to wearing the wrong trainers is 'gay'. The film, which has been part-funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Scottish Government, has been especially created for Key Stage 3 and 4 students, and specifically complements various learning objectives from the national curriculum, including PHSE, Citizenship, Performing Arts and English.
FIT can be downloaded below. This video is embedded from the NASUWT YouTube channel. You may have difficulty viewing it if you have filters blocking the site.
Education For All
The NASUWT is a member of the Education for All Coalition (new window). Homophobic bullying causes permanent damage to young people and blights the schools and colleges where it takes place. Making all young people - regardless of their sexuality - feel included and valued is a major opportunity for the educational system to transform the lives of a significant number of pupils and students. The aim of Education for All is to ensure that all young lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people can fulfil their potential, and that the UK’s schools and education systems can deal appropriately with homophobia and homophobic bullying.
The NASUWT worked in partnership with Stonewall to support the distribution of The School Report (new window) to schools in England and Wales. This publication detailed the experiences of young gay people in Britain's schools. Stonewall also produced The Teachers Report (new window) on the findings of the YouGov poll of over 2,000 primary and secondary teachers and other school staff on their perspective on homophobic bullying in schools.
Schools can access tailored support, training and resources to challenge homophobic bullying with the launch of Stonewall's School Champions programme (new window). School Champions has been launched to coincide with the introduction of the revised Ofsted framework for inspection in January 2012. This makes specific reference to the issue of pupil behaviour and will look at how schools tackle homophobic bullying. Schools which sign up to the Schools Champions programme will receive Stonewall resources and have access to a range of training opportunities for school staff.
A new guide for school leaders on tackling homophobic bullying has also been launched by the charity. Effective School Leadership (new window) offers advice on developing good practice and gaining the support of colleagues and parents in tackling homophobia.
The Terrence Higgins Trust has developed a new teaching pack Out in School (new window) providing teachers with ideas on how to talk about sexual orientation and challenge homophobia in schools. The pack has been written by teachers for teachers and contains ideas that can be used across the curriculum.
Teachers are being urged to encourage pupils to take part in the Youth Chances survey (new window) which aims to uncover what life is like for gay, lesbian and bisexual young people across England.
The survey aims to gather together the experiences of 15,000 young people across England and is aimed at 16-25 year olds. The data collected will be used to inform and influence organisations and commissioners to provide better services that meet the needs that are identified. Youth Chances is a social research and influencing project funded by the National Lottery aiming to improve the lives of LGBT and questioning young people across England.