24th January 2012
‘Homophobic’ teacher struck off 43
5:11 PM — A substitute teacher who verbally and physically abused his students, including using homophobic language, has been struck off, and is banned from teaching indefinitely.
20th January 2012
Video: Gay girl forced to use boys’ changing room 26
4:37 PM — In a video posted a month ago by LGBT Youth North West a schoolgirl from Oldham, Manchester tells her account of being made to change in the boys' changing rooms at school after coming out as lesbian.
7th December 2011
Rick Santorum: “Equal” education about gay life “a hit to family and faith” in US 62
11:04 AM — US presidential candidate Rick Santorum told a group on his campaign trail in Iowa that gay marriage would damage "family and faith" by forcing schools to teach children about gay and straight relationships equally.
15th November 2011
US study: Links between Gay-Straight Alliances and better mental health 22
1:30 PM — Authors say LGBT students have spent more time in education and enjoy better mental health if they have participated in such a group.
4th November 2011
Elton John on parenting, sex education and bullying 15
11:31 AM — The musician wrote in the Guardian about the "blessing" of being a parent and the challenges facing young people, both gay and straight.
17th October 2011
Stonewall seeks new trustees 7
3:16 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall is seeking new trustees. The current chair and deputy chair, David Isaac and Liz Grant, will complete their terms next year and the organisation is seeking to replace them, as well as appointing a number of other trustees.
12th October 2011
Homophobic bullying ‘rife’ in Northern Ireland schools 38
1:09 PM — Anti-gay bullying is a serious problem in Northern Ireland schools, a new report says. The Rainbow Project report, Left out of the Equation, says gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils suffer severe inequality.
18th August 2011
Florida teacher suspended for Facebook anti-gay remarks 69
3:49 PM — A Florida teacher who wrote on Facebook that he "almost threw up" when New York legalised gay marriage has been suspended. Jerry Buell, a social studies teacher at Mount Dora High School, also wrote that gay marriages were a "cesspool" and a "sin".
12th August 2011
Academia ‘has ignored LGBT issues’ 29
6:04 PM — A new National Union of Students report says that LGBT issues have been "actively cut out" of education and academia. The report, Liberation, Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum, says lessons in all subjects should try to be more "inclusive", with focus on LGBT issues, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
12th April 2011
More US schools warned about gay censorship 6
4:21 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has written to more schools to question their filters on LGBT support websites. As part of the group's 'Don't Filter Me' campaign, it has sent letters to schools in Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia, asking them to stop censoring the websites.
29th March 2011
US schools warned to stop censoring gay websites 51
1:42 PM — American schools have been warned to stop censoring educational lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender websites. The American Civil Liberties Union has written to school districts in Missouri and Michigan to warn that filtering such sites violates the constitution.
27th March 2011
UK equality watchdog recommends that children as young as 11 could be quizzed on their sexuality 253
10:55 AM — Children as young as 11 could be asked if they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning according to guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
3rd March 2011
Texas school bans all clubs to prevent gay-straight alliance being formed 29
12:02 PM — A school in Texas has banned all extra-curricular clubs in a move to deny a student's request to form a Gay-Straight Alliance that would bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight students. The group was to provide support and promote understanding between students.
24th January 2011
Gay-inclusive maths and science lessons under fire 34
2:08 PM — Plans by gay education campaigners to encourage schools to make maths and other lessons more gay-inclusive have been attacked by critics. LGBT charity Schools Out has published guidance for teachers on how they can make more references to LGBT people during lessons.
25th November 2010
Gove: We will work with Stonewall to tackle ‘growing’ anti-gay bullying 30
10:52 AM — Education secretary Michael Gove has said that the government will work with gay and anti-bullying charities to tackle homophobia in schools.
23rd February 2010
Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46
12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".
19th February 2010
Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62
11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".
27th January 2010
David Cameron says children should be taught about gay relationships 71
12:04 PM — Tory leader David Cameron told a recent meeting on education that schoolchildren should be taught about gay relationships and equality.
14th December 2009
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.