Teachers TV devotes week of programmes to fighting homophobia

PinkNews Staff Writer May 15, 2008
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A special week of programming from a digital channel for teachers will explore ways to stamp out homophobia in schools.

The series of documentaries and factual shows are also available to watch and download online for free from the Teachers TV website.

Tackling Homophobia Week, a series of programmes which look at how schools can effectively support gay staff and students, commences on Monday 26th May.

Personal stories are used to highlight some of the issues young people and adults encounter at school because they are gay.

Highlights across the week include:

School Matters – Gay Teachers
In light of new guidance by the government which tackles homophobic bullying of pupils and teachers, this programme investigates what it is really like to be a gay teacher in the UK, and whether there is an endemic culture of homophobia in schools.

Gay to Z
A five-part series looking at the lives of a range of young people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB). Each young person leads a very different life and faces different issues, some of which are related to their sexual orientation and others that are just part of growing up.

Gloriously Free
Gloriously Free is the first documentary to explore the world of gay immigration. Follow five men as they desperately search to find a safe home outside their countries of birth where persecution and hatred of alternative lifestyles may lead to torture or death.

Batty Man
Comedian and actor Stephen K Amos uses his own experiences as a black gay man to explore why homophobia still exists in his own community. This observational documentary follows Amos on a journey from his childhood homes in Brixton and Tooting, South London, all the way to Jamaica, where he tries to discover why prejudice, intimidation and violence against gay men remain so prevalent.

These programmes and more are available to watch and download online for free.

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