LGBT History Month in Your School
We believe that prejudice and discrimination should be challenged every day, but having a specific history month provides a valuable opportunity for schools to think about the ways in which they can promote inclusion. No matter how small, change can really make a difference.
A few suggestions...
- Put posters up in your school to celebrate LGBT History Month or challenge homophobia. You'll find posters in the resources section of this website.
- Have a discussion with a colleague or put LGBT issues on the agenda at a team meeting. Dialogue and discussion are platforms for change, so why not have a discussion about whether LGBT young people are ‘out’ and safe in your school? What mechanisms are in place to support them? Are phrases like ‘That’s soo gay’ common place?
- Deliver a lesson or assembly on LGBT history. LGBT Youth Scotland have produced a selection of lesson plans to use as a starting point, available here.
- Play a film over break times or in class. Young people and staff at LGBT Youth Scotland have created a selection of thought-provoking films over the years, looking at issues such as homophobia, domestic abuse and equal marriage. Have a look at our Youtube channel.
- Setting up a GSA (Gender and sexual orientation alliance) can be a great way to plan and implement change in your school. You'll find our guide here.
- Attend a LGBT History Month event. February is jam-packed full of innovative, fun, challenging and engaging activities and events across Scotland. Take a look at the What’s On section of this website.