9th February 2012
Report: The Schools OUT conference 2012 (part two)
2:35 PM — The second in a two-part report of the 2012 Schools OUT conference, Educating OUT Prejudice through the LGBT Lens. Read part one here.
2nd September 2011
Alabama school backs down over student’s gay rights t-shirt 475
5:33 PM — A school in the US state of Alabama has backed down after telling a student she could not wear a gay rights t-shirt. Sara Couvillon, a student at Hoover High School in Birmingham, threatened school officials with legal action when she was told not to wear the shirt for her own safety.
25th August 2011
Murakami novel dropped from reading list for lesbian sex mention 26
3:50 PM — Norwegian Wood, which has sold over 12 million copies internationally, was dropped after parents complained about a female character's reference to sex with a 13 year old girl.
US teacher returns after anti-gay rant “did not violate code of conduct” 79
12:02 PM — High school teacher who "almost threw up" on hearing about gay marriage legislation did not "disrupt" the school districts processes.
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".
17th August 2011
Gay rights group sues Missouri school district over website blocks 7
1:53 PM — A school district in Missouri, US, is being sued by a gay rights group for restricting access to informative gay websites. Camdenton R-III School District is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that the district has ignored warnings that its actions are unconstitutional.
18th July 2011
Gay controversy opera goes ahead 5
3:16 PM — A community opera which was nearly derailed in a row over a gay character has gone ahead in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Beached, written by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall, was almost cancelled after a primary school's headteacher complained about language in some scenes.
15th July 2011
‘More teacher training’ needed to tackle homophobic bullying 17
11:00 AM — Teachers should be given more training to deal with anti-gay bullying, the House of Lords heard yesterday. The House also heard that Ofsted should inspect the manner in which schools tackle the issue.
4th July 2011
Billy Elliot author’s opera pulled after school objects to gay character 72
10:46 AM — A community opera by the author of Billy Elliot has been pulled after a primary school demanded that a gay character be written out. Lee Hall, who wrote the hugely successful show about a boy who wants to dance, had been working on Beached with opera company Opera North and 400 residents of East Yorkshire town Bridlington.
21st June 2011
University of Winchester to record gay staff and students 45
11:51 AM — A lecturer at the University of Winchester hopes to persuade LGBT staff and students to join an online list of who is out. Professor Eric Anderson, who has conducted research into homophobia in sport, says the 'Outlist' would help staff and students meet each other and plan events.
30th May 2011
Irish minister Ruairi Quinn launches guidelines on safe and supportive schools for lesbian and gay students 16
12:59 PM — Irish Labour Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, today launches the new publication Guidelines for Principals on Including Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students in School Policies.
26th May 2011
California first-graders learn about marriage equality 56
12:06 PM — First-graders at a California school celebrated Harvey Milk Day last week by learning about marriage equality. Eric Ross, the author of new children's book My Uncle's Wedding, spoke to 40 six and seven-year-olds at a San Francisco elementary school.
Schools minister Nick Gibb says lack of HIV education is ‘unforgivable’ 72
11:15 AM — Schools minister Nick Gibb says the government is "hugely concerned" about figures which suggest one in four children is not learning about HIV and AIDS at school. Addressing a Lords committee on HIV and AIDS on Tuesday, he said a lack of knowledge in the school system was "unforgivable".
Brazil’s president suspends school anti-homophobia campaign 72
10:38 AM — Brazil's president has suspended an anti-homophobia campaign in schools because she thought the DVDs and leaflets were not appropriate for children. President Dilma Rousseff's spokesman said she had viewed the material and "didn't like what she saw".
28th April 2011
New Mexico school bans all clubs after gay-straight alliance forms 49
3:11 PM — A school board in New Mexico has voted to ban all school clubs after a gay-straight alliance applied for recognition. Officials on the Clovis school board said the ban was a coincidence but the American Civil Liberties Union questioned the timing.
21st April 2011
Tennessee Senate panel approves school gay ban bill 66
1:52 PM — A Senate education panel in Tennessee has approved a bill to prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools. The legislation, known as the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, was introduced by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, who has been pushing for the law for several years.
15th April 2011
Bill could make gay history compulsory in California schools 30
5:52 PM — The teaching of gay history could become compulsory in California schools if a new bill becomes law. The bill, SB 48, was passed by the Senate today by 23 to 14 votes. Its full name is The FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful) Education Act.
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).