Out in Education work with schools to design and deliver workshops, assemblies and lessons to combat homophobia and transphobia, educating school children about different sexual and gender identities.
All of the volunteers are LGBT+ university students who have recently come through the education system and thus can relate to homophobic bullying and coming out at school.
The topics of their talks include stereotypes, use of the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory context, gender equality, different families and healthy relationships. A highlight of their talks is the anonymous Q&A session at the end, where they invite anyone to submit questions to our volunteers that they may not want to ask directly – this is often a highly insightful and rewarding session for both the classes we talk with and for their own volunteers!
In most sessions they also touch upon sexual/gender identities beyond the main LGBT acronym, such as intersex, asexual and non-binary. It is a firm belief of theirs that by bringing topics such as personal identity, self acceptance and tolerance of others into the classroom, they can create a generation of pupils who appreciate the wonderful diversity of people in society.
They welcome questions from teachers, parents and pupils alike.
Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about or work or if you would like them to visit your school.