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In This Issue

  • OTP - The Call For Papre Has Begun!
  • 2019 OTP Call For Papers
  • The Economist's Pride and Prejudice Conference
  • Peter Tatchell: The Economic Cost of Homophobia
  • Section 28 - Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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OUTing The Past 2019 

The Call For Papers Has

Schools OUT is delighted to announce the Invitation for History & Archival Presentations for the 5th Festival of LGBT History to be celebrated at Regional Hubs throughout February and March 2019 and, for the first time, celebrated internationally!

This year we are delighted to invite individuals and groups to showcase either:

1. A historical reading of the past, or
2. An archival source and personal oral testimonies, sets of photos, or significant documents and the stories behind them, or
3. A researched presentation on a piece of unknown LGBT+ history.

Your historical presentation/reading/interpretation might cover a past local, regional or national:

o event or related events of direct relevance to the Human/LGBT+ Rights agenda & experience
o history of a group or a specific campaign
o an account of a personal journey that includes a number of view-points

The theme for LGBT History Month 2019 is ‘History II: Peace, Reconciliation, and Activism’, celebrating the official end of the First World War and marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. This is to enable us to reach out to a more international perspective of ideas, experiences, and concepts with an LGBT+ focus. The theme is desirable, but not exclusive to other 2019 LGBT+ anniversary ideas.

Each festival presentation is intended as a vignette of no more than twenty minutes long, followed by a ten-minute Q&A session. We are particularly keen to showcase past experiences and history presentations from those sections of our community whom we too rarely hear from, such as; black and ethnic minority, disabled and bisexual people, and their history. A fee of £20 is payable by Hubs to successful applicants’ post-presentation, along with qualifying travel expenses. We are also exploring the possibility of making appropriate presentations into lesson plans accessible on The Classroom website.

Your presentations source might be:

o A testimony about a personal or collective experience
o A set of campaigning leaflets/publicity and the story behind them
o Personal or other photo-images and the stories behind them
o A letter or document that again provides a reading of that past commonly ignored or denied.

What all categories of presentations have in common is that they help educate the general public about the neglected understanding of past attitudes towards sexual orientation and gender identity.

Your contact details and presentation information will be retained by OUTing the Past’s Gazette Coordinator for future use, unless you request them to be deleted. The Gazette Coordinator can be contacted at

If you wish your information to be shared with third-party organisations expressing an interest in showcasing LGBT+ history, or if you would like your presentation submission to be placed on the LGBT History Month Websites, please tick the boxes that apply on
The Application Form (PDF
2019 Timetable (with Word version of application form)
Best wishes and again many thanks for your kind interest.
JGM Evans Sue Sanders 
Schools OUT
Joint-Coordinator OUTing the Past: The National Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History
& Visiting Research Fellow of Liverpool JM University

Chair Schools OUT
Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute 
Joint-Coordinator OUTing the Past: The National Festival of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans History
Tel: 07960493544 or Twitter @suesanders03 or 
Skype salsanders03 

The timetable leading up to next year's Festival can be found on the OTP website - here

Peter Tatchell: 

The Economic Cost Of Homophobia
Nicholas Chinardet
web and social media manager,
photographer, writer

Freshly returned from his ordeal in Russia, having been arrested for publicly showing support to local LGBT+ people on the margins of the World Cup of football, Peter Tatchell was back on a much more civilised breached on 19 June for the launch of his foundation's latest report. A small gathering had come together in the River Room of the House of Lords and Peter was there too. 
The Economic Cost of Homophobia argues that, while the struggle for gay and human rights should primarily have a moral and ethical basis, ecumenical arguments can also be leveraged to strengthen the case even further. As such the report explores three main areas in which the criminalisation of LGBT+ people has a negative impact on the country that implements it: loss in tourism revenue, deprivation of foreign aid and investment, and the brain drain caused by LGBT people fleeing persecution to other more welcoming countries. 
Norman, Lord Fowler, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords and a staunch LGBT ally, was hosting the event. Peter Tatchell as well as, Jolly, a Ugandan refugee, spoke with much passion, and a short film about the experience of Kambuga, another Ugandan refugee, was shown to the attendees. Also present at the event were Jason Jones, an activist from Trinidad and Tobago along the new head of BlackOut UK, Rob Berkeley.

Pictures of the event are here:
Peter's report can be downloaded here:

The video about Kambuga can be viewed here: 

The Economist’s

Pride and Prejudice Conference

Bishopsgate, London
The Path to Advocacy
 by Caroline Paige

On 24th May Sue Sanders, Lizzie Wallis, and I attended The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice Conference in Bishopsgate, London, representing Schools OUT UK, and networking with leading advocates and champions in the pursuit of equal rights for LGBTQ employees, both domestic and international. Caroline and Lizzie briefly tell us here about the day’s event in discussing ‘The Path to Advocacy’.
Although the UK leads in many aspects of LGBTQ rights, evidence from around the world is that we should never take those rights for granted, whilst we should also be standing against those countries who demonstrate little or no regard for human rights. The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice event was focused on the path to advocacy, and how governments, companies and individuals can achieve that best. The London event was also linked through video streaming to others in New York and Hong Kong.
The day began with a keynote panel that included representatives from Whitbread, Vodafone, CBI, and Royal Mail. Panellists were asked about what their companies were doing for LGBTQ inclusion and advocacy, beginning with ‘Redefining the Business Case For LGBT Inclusion’. Vittorio Colao (Chief Executive, Vodafone) thought this wasn’t important, ‘not having a business case is no excuse not to be inclusive’. People need to feel included and respected in the work place. The Royal Mail presented its visible commitment by joining Pride marches and creating the ‘Rainbow Post-box’, a rainbow painted mailbox that has proven popular at various temporary locations around the country.  The Stonewall Equality Index is now very popular amongst such big businesses, which is a different story to just fifteen years ago. It seemed the big companies were comfortable with their progress; however, it became clear in questions to the panel that few companies understand or have made progress on issues faced by trans employees or customers.
Additionally, during the day, delegates and those following through the live twitter feed were able to vote on set questions, such as: ‘Do companies care about advocating for LGBT rights or is it just PR?’ It was interesting that the company representatives generally thought the business case had been made, whilst delegates weren’t so confident, and the wider community even less so. Clearly work still needs to be done on leadership perspectives compared to shop floor experience.
Following on from the first panel were two discussions that asked ‘What Is An Advocate?’  The first, an inspiring interview from Gina Miller (Transparency Activist, True and Fair Campaign) about the difficulties faced by those who challenge hate, and fight for change. The use of social media was also highlighted. Gina argued that hate speech, through whatever media, should be stamped out and steps needed to be taken to tackle this. She also advised that an advocate ‘needed to be strong in self, able to deal with the negative, and sit the other side of the table in other people’s shoes.’
Matthew Beard (Executive director, All Out) And Matt Brittin (President, EMEA business and operations, Google) advised that Social Media is a powerful tool that can be used for good as well as bad; Matthew cited Chechyna from ALLOUT campaign as a primary example. However, grassroots campaign groups still had a vital role to play to implement change; little can be achieved purely through ‘clicktivism’ despite this reducing the sense of isolation for oppressed communities. What was stressed instead, was the need to ensure the wider public were accessing quality content, as opposed to ‘fake news’ stories that have haunted our headlines in the last few years; and fighting the backlash with better social media counter-movements (especially for trans rights).
The second keynote panel included chief executives from BAE Systems, Virgin Money, J. Walter Thompson and Legal & General Investment Management, focusing on what it means to be an Advocate and what we can learn from those who have already led the way. Often lessons are learned and then forgotten, only to be relearned after the fact.
Moving to the international perspective, Kari Mugo, (Operations Manager, National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Kenya) explained how LGBT people were more visible now in Kenya, however UK businesses with open inclusion/diversity policies are still required to observe Kenyan law. Rather than directly challenging host nation national policies and laws, these companies were well placed to show the way forwards as advocates rather than campaigners, though an openly supportive stance was extremely important. The room was split in opinion as to whether companies should take a greater role in such advocacy.
The conference included five Strategy Workshops/Masterclasses with delegates splitting into groups with guest speakers and delegates informally discussing the difference between Allies and Advocates, and how to be an advocate. Another workshop was given by IGLA on using data to help LGBT activism.
One workshop focused specifically on trans rights, led by Jacqui Gavin (HR Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Department for International Trade). Delegates explored how to be a good ally for trans people and focused on enabling cisgender colleagues to become advocates. There is a need to be armed with correct information to advocate, as companies cannot rely on ‘token trans person’, for fear of them ‘burning out’, a phrase used by Jacqui herself.
Sue Sanders (Chair Schools OUT UK) chaired a concurrent workshop on ‘How to be an Advocate in Difficult Operating Environments’, and how to enable people to be allies. ‘We cannot rely solely on the people who are marginalised and discriminated against to always raise the issues and have the answers. Allies must crucially step up to the plate and call out prejudice; and advocates, having discussed matters with those discriminated against, need to initiate actions that will mitigate against that discrimination.’ Her audience enthusiastically exchanged experiences from within companies with positive outlooks on this, typically empowered by initiatives created by individuals who stepped up of their own accord, whilst other delegates took away best practice ideas and lessons learned. The feeling amongst some was that ‘we are already sorted in this country in this regard and we should be focusing all our energy on helping other countries’, however, there was enough evidence to demonstrate we still have much to do in the UK too, especially regarding trans and other minority groups.  Sue concluded that ‘to make cultural change in a company, needs people who want to make the workplace a place where LGBT people, in all their diversity, can be visible, safe and proud’.
The final guest interview was with Sir Nick Clegg, entitled ‘The School of Hard Knocks’. He offered his experience-based thoughts of turning disappointment into success and urged us to ‘tell yourself the story of why you’re doing what you’re doing to move forward’. A reminder we all need in our campaigning lives or otherwise.
In closure, Economist Editors rounded off the day’s discussions concluding that, influence needs to be used internally and externally for diversity and equality to succeed. However, many gaps were identified, and future LGBTQ agendas need to consider schools and education, mental health, the use of sport to empower young people, and wider focus on issues faced by the trans community.
Highlights of the conference can be viewed at the link below.

Photographs courtesy of Nic Chinardet at Zefrographica; 

New Committee Elected
Despite a disappointing lack of debate at the event (can we have a proper LGBT Labour full Conference sometime guys?), Labour's queer wing has elected what looks like a young and dynamic committee. 

After some passionate speeches from the candidates, the new Co-Chairs are Melantha Chittenden and Robbiie Young, were voted in, and trans officer for the coming year is Lab Heather-Peto. Well done to you all and we look forward to you fighting for the cause of equality and hopefully getting the idea of LGBT HM spread further than ever!

The full committee is listed here.
Full 2017 report available here

Section 28 -

Looking Back, Looking Ahead
by Sue Sanders
May was a very busy month as it was the thirtieth anniversary of section 28. I was called upon to talk at several events and was delighted to do so. The fact that it coincided with the joys of GDPR which we had to grapple with was a joy!
Section 28 was as I am sure you all know a vicious attack on all of us whether we were LGBT or heterosexual as the government attempted to define what was a family. The combined fightback was impressive but in the end failed and we suffered under it for 15 long years. As many of you may know now it actually legally did not apply to schools as we had had the Local Management of Schools Act, all part of the Tories attempt to lesson the affect of Local Authorities. No prosecutions occurred under the act Andrew Dobbin our Promotions Officer produced a great resource on it which you can find here and in due course we will link the videos I did for Pink News to that as well. It was an honour to be asked by them to tell the story of our resistance and of course I was not able to cover all the innovative, passionate and diverse campaigns that sprung up to challenge the government and media. I do think that the material you can on the link would help to make some very interesting and illuminating lessons that demonstrate how as citizens we have to resist when human rights are challenged, very pertinent to the youth of today!

On the actual day of the anniversary I found myself at the very prestigious and elite Economist Pride and Prejudice conference.  It is designed for big corporations to learn about how they can be inclusive and show off what they are doing for LGBT people. I managed to get myself invited to run a workshop in the event on enabling corporations to be allies and advocates. Lizzie and Caroline accompanied me and they have written a report which you can find elsewhere in this bulletin.  Between us, we managed to speak to many people who were impressed by our work and hopefully they will demonstrate that in some practical ways!

I managed to confuse myself royally and agreed to do 2 events on the same night and on the 24th so let down UCL who I confused with UCU who I did speak at, with Peter Purton.  
At the beginning of the month, I attended the launch Of Olly Pike's new book The Prince And The Frog published by Jessica Kingsley. I have reviewed it with a couple of other books in the previous bulletin and it is on the website here. It was a delightful affair full of people who have been working on LGBT issues for some time including Ellie Barnes who runs Educate and Celebrate who also has a book out that was reviewed in the last bulletin and is a must have, if you want to make your schools LGBT friendly. Olly’s website is a joy, full of useful videos that can be used by parents and schools for young children.

Tony and I attended the Launch of LGBT ED which was a very moving event for us seeing such a big group of predominately young teachers may of whom are out to their students exploring ideas and stories that will equip them to make LGBT people in all their diversity visible, proud and safe.  Tony and I ran a workshop on all our free resources and Tony took them through a fabulous lesson based on a poem by our poet laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Mrs Tiresias, which is a great way to explore gender and sexual orientation. What was frustrating was how many of the attendees did not know about Schools OUT UK, however LGBT History Month was well known and used and again not all knew there was a website to support it! So we have much to do to get the message across.

On the 17 May Kent University invited me to their event of the launch of OUT and Proud which was a series of Photos of  LGBT Staff and their allies designed to be a celebration of the changes since the demise of 28. It was a joy to see staff feeling perfectly at ease being out.

If any one could have whispered in my ear 30 years ago when we were in the midst of the horror of the reality of section 28 what my month would be like 30 years on, I doubt I could have understood what I was hearing let alone believe it.

My last gig to mark the end of 28, 30 years ago was at Sussex University where I was asked by Franceso Ventrella to join Clara Barker, Sunil Gupta and Louise Wallwein to discuss What did Section 28 do to me.
It was an electrifying night the choice of speakers was brilliant as we all had original and common takes on the wretched law. Sunil Gupta’s response was to create photos of LGBT people and make us visible. Ironically he had been a bit of a separatist gender and race wise but began to work with women in his work to both challenge Section 28 and Aids. His work is beautiful and so clearly usualises LGBT families at a time when the idea of pretended families was rife and the idea of sex was taboo because of AIDS.
Clara a trans woman scientist at Oxford who appears to have fingers in all the pies in the university in order to challenge prejudice and create safe spaces. Her analysis of how the press are mistreating trans people now, was so similar to what they did during 28 was spot on and salutary. We need to stand together to challenge the critics of trans rights regardless of who they are.

Louise Wallwein read from her book of poems called Glue, which on the strength of her reading I have just bought online here , was riveting powerful and emotional as she took us on a journey of how we might as members of the LGBT community heal the world of hate.  Louise was 17 when she helped organise the  anti Section 28 march in Manchester and was Ian Mckellen’s minder.  Having been working with Ian in London at the time, it was a joy to meet another butch lesbian who worked with Ian and Michael Cashman. Louise’s journey to the march was a dramatic one having been in care all her life and been dealt many cruel blows that the system all too often deals out. Her humour, tenacity and wit shone last night as she told her story, read her poetry and told us how she had been to Greece to pull so many of our community from the boats. I felt so privileged to be on a panel with such special people. Many thanks to Francesco and his students who are in the throes of organising an exhibition of Section 28 memorabilia, which will contain some posters I donated along with 2 t-shirts, one I wore and was designed at the time, and one Andrew our Promotions Officer designed for Schools OUT UK on the fifteenth anniversary of the law's repeal.

We have come along way - the CEOs of big business at The Economist event were convinced that the business case for including LGBT issues was made.  In some places teachers and lecturers are out and proud.  Many books are being published and are well received that promote LGBT people and issues, a far cry the furore over Jenny Lives With Eric And Martin.

However, the current media campaign against trans people is an echo of the viciousness of section 28 and requires us to challenge it in the same way.  Teachers are still finding it hard to be out; in fact, it is easier to be out as a police officer than a teacher.

LGBT people who are seeking asylum are going through hell thanks to our home office, they are not believed and detained with no date of release, we are the only country to do that !  So much for Habeas Corpus! Please see our go fund me page (further down the bulletin) and petition for Dr Moses Odongo a fellow teacher and member of NEU who is supporting his claim.

We need to recognise our gains, celebrate them and use our skills and energy to continue the work until everyone is safe.

Sue Sanders, Professor Emeritus - The Harvey Milk Institute
Chair - Schools OUT UK

The launch of LGBTed took place at the beginning of June in Harris Academy, South Norwood.

GBTed was co-founded by Hannah Jepson a qualified Occupational Psychologist and also an academic author. and  Daniel Gray a middle leader at Harris Academy South Norwood, who famously came out to his students in Assembly in 2017. Sean Finch was an English teacher in Manchester part of Teach First’s 2013 cohort, and Graeme Jackson grew up in Edinburgh, and worked as an English teacher before moving to London. 

Their Mission Statement:

LGBTed will build a network of LGBT+ teachers and leaders, empowering them to be authentic in schools, colleges and universities, to support students and to be an advocate for increasing LGBT+ visibility in our education system.

We want to affect real change for teachers and leaders in order to make schools more inclusive. LGBTed will use its links with universities – in particular the Centre for LGBTQ inclusion – to share research into being ‘out’ at work in schools and colleges.

LGBTed will use the network to influence education policy around LGBT+ inclusion in education; we will support and empower colleagues to come out at all levels in education; we will increase school leaders’ knowledge of LGBT+ issues in education and will improve teacher retention by allowing colleagues to be more authentic in the workplace.

Sue and Tony attended the launch and led workshops demonstrating lessons from The Classroom.

Visit their Website

Champions Of


Trades Unions and LGBT Rights in Britain
Peter Purton
Reviewed by 
Seth Atkin, UCU and Schools OUT UK

Most rights for LGBT people in the UK have only become law in the 21st century. In this book Peter Purton writes about how those rights came in, campaigns for rights since the 19th century, and the struggle which led to Unions becoming champions for equality.

The book begins with a potted history of how unions joined the fight for LGBT rights and the challenges that LGBT people have faced. Peter Purton’s account is rooted in the struggles for recognition of workers, women, and minorities in the 19th century, including the growth of trade unions providing voice for working people. Throughout the book the author provides a clear account of LGBT organising and campaigning.

In reading the early chapters it’s possible to get a picture of pioneering work and figures for the LGBT+ movement such as Edward Carpenter. Another pursuit for the author is to show how people involved with what we know as the LGBT movement engaged with unions and the wider labour movement. Finding common ground with other struggles is a common feature in the way Peter Purton talks about quite a lot of the early ‘lgbt’ activism on into the 1980s including women’s and race equality and struggle for labour rights, an example is Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners which was the subject of the widely popular film ‘Pride’ (2014).

Whilst it is clear that the author is passionate about rights for LGBT people and the labour movement there is little hesitation to be critical when felt appropriate. There is criticism of the lack of space for the voice and visibility of all LGBT people in some LGBT groups. Meanwhile the author celebrates groups that do such as UK Black Pride. The struggle to get Unions to take on fighting for LGBT people is criticised at time with statements such as it took some time to recognise that an injury to one is an injury to all applies to LGBT people. When cases were taken up and solidarity was shown, particularly prior to the mid-1980s it seems in this book to be pioneering, brave and often against the political tide of the time.

With a chapter devoted to the 1970s and another to the 1980s it is possible to get an understanding of the socio-political climate and how LGBT people were affected. Peter Purton focuses on self-organised groups such as the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Front. The author has a clear commitment to bring out the voice of the people who were involved in activism at the time which is presented in a way that helps to illustrate and lend weight to the action rather than quoting them at length. There are times when Peter Purton uses personal experience in this way too. Many individuals and self-organised groups were themselves members of unions and / or the Labour party. An example of one such L+G group is the Gay Teachers Group. A number of the group were members of teaching unions. The newsletter from the Gay Teachers Group is noted as being Schools Out, which led to the existence of Schools Out UK. Education is an area Peter Purton consistently writes about as being of great significance and one where the place for LGBT people is still not secured.

Progress in the 1990s and 2000s is written about as being hard won. Whilst the role of Unions is cited as important in getting commitment from the Labour party there they are not portrayed as champions that are perfect themselves. However, it seems that effort has gone into showing that once Unions have engaged equality has often been at the core of the work and self-organising for LGBT people has happened alongside that for Black, Disabled and Women’s equality. Peter Purton’s own position being the official supporting LGBT organising in the TUC comes to the fore quite often in this book from the late 1990s. It is a period of significant change for LGBT rights and it is a very useful perspective to have recorded in this book.

In the latter part of the book that looks at the situation now both internationally and domestically pensions are again mentioned, and the TUC is seen once again as a lead campaigner. There is tangible sense that Peter Purton believes things are not alright just because of legislation and same-sex marriage. A central theme is that whilst we have progressed we have not got to a secure place where everything is sorted and can be taken for granted. Statistics are used to show how there is a difference between what people think about LGBT+ in private and what they are willing to say about LGBT+ in public.

The importance of history to the author is explicit. The Schools Out UK initiative, LGBT history month, is lauded in the latter pages and in conclusion Peter Purton emphasises that we must learn from history. When we look back through the very many stories in this book we can see how small amendments have been tagged onto more high-profile bills and become law much to the detriment of LGBT+ people, when we look at accounts of what is happening internationally we can see that is real today.

This book catalogues past struggles for us to have record of, giving voice to activists who were directly involved, in doing so Peter Purton has a clear commitment to making us think about today. Both in terms of lessons we can learn from the past, good, bad and indifferent, but also about where things need and might go from here. It is a call to keep aware, not be complacent, be always mindful and active in promoting and giving voice to diversity, and to seek alliances that may not be easily won but may take the cause far further than might otherwise be achieved.

Fyne Times

Pride Edition
The Pride edition of Fyne Times is available now, featuring LGBT History Month 2019 and the book reviews written by Sue Sanders and featured in the last edition of OUTburst.

Available Here

Voices and Visibility

Digital Resource Project

We have raised £1550 - nearly a quarter of the money we need to make our history visible in every classroom, lecture room, workshop and laptop in the land.

How visible were lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans + people when you were at school?

Could you name an LGBT+ person who had live a great life or achieved wonderful things?

Did anybody teach you about Alan Turing, Jackie Kay, Frida Kahlo or Jan Morris?

Young people know about Ru Paul and Caitlin Jenner but that is because of the media; not because of school.

We have a wonderful wallchart but it was made in 2015. We want to make it digital and interactive, so it can be accessible to everyone, can provide details through hyperlinks and can be updated so it’s relevant to young people in the present day, whether the present day is now or in the future.
The end product will also be audio-described.

To do this we need funds so please help us out:



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near you in February 2018 

and beyond
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organising events, quizzes, exhibitions, recording histories, contributing to events; asking to be put in our OUTing the Past gazette, promoting our events; keeping an eye on our website, resources and calendar; attending events; buying our badges and books and other materials in our shop and anything else you can think of!
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Faces of
2020 - 2023 

nominate your heroes and your icons!

We have now finalised the theme for 2019 and the next four Februarys:
2019: History II
peace, reconciliation & activism

2020: English
poetry, prose and plays

2021: PSHE II  
mind, body, spirit

2022: Art & Politics  
the arc is long

2023: Art II  
behind the lens

For each year we would like you, our supporters, to nominate the L,G,B and T Faces who will represent queer contributions to the various chosen art forms and topics. Our only specification is that your nominee is now dead. We are particularly keen to expand the list of BAME LGBT contributors to the UK. If possible, please also let us know the source of your evidence - hearsay and rumour are not enough.

So if you have a name who you believe has been forgotten, straightened or even deliberately misrepresented by history in one or more of the above subjects, let us know:

Contact Andrew Dobbin, Promotions Officer for Schools OUT UK here

or send a message to

We have now finalised the theme for 2019 
and the following four Februarys:
2019: History II
peace, reconciliation & activism

2020: English
poetry, prose and plays

2021: PSHE II  
mind, body, spirit

2022: Art & Politics  
the arc is long

2023: Art II  
behind the lens

For each year we would like you, our supporters, to nominate the L,G,B and T Faces who will represent queer contributions to the various chosen art forms and topics. Our only specification is that your nominee is now dead. We are particularly keen to expand the list of BAME LGBT contributors to the UK. If possible, please also let us know the source of your evidence - hearsay and rumour are not enough.

So if you have a name who you believe has been forgotten, straightened or even deliberately misrepresented by history in one or more of the above subjects, let us know:

Contact Andrew Dobbin, Promotions Officer for Schools OUT UK here

or send a message to



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We need your help. 

For years, decades in fact, Schools OUT UK, and before that The Gay Teachers' Group has survived - and thrived - as a purely voluntary organisation, with a small income based mainly around the sale of our annual History Month badge. None of the committee receives any income for the work they do.

We have done so much and we want to do so much more. A one-off donation of £20 (less than £2 a month) would help us. A regular donation would be amazing.

Imagine more lessons posted on The Classroom, LGBT HM in every school in the UK, a Festival Hub in every county or major town in Britain, a National Museum of LGBT Heritage. 

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