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Schools OUT UK Updates

Check out our team member updates from the official LGBT History Month Hubs:


  • LGBT+ History Month 2020 Has Landed!
  • NEU LGBT+ Conference - Blackpool
  • OTP 2020 Is Coming! Available Speakers.
  • Pink News Awards 2019.

Check out our upcoming events:

Who Are We?

Schools OUT UK is the founding charity of LGBT History  Month, an initiative which is:

Claiming our past.
Celebrating our present.
Creating our future.

Please continue to give us your support. Don't forget you can buy this year's badge (below) for only £3 from our online shop.

LGBT+ History Month 2020 Has Landed!


LGBT+ History Month 2020 - Poetry, Prose and Plays - was officially launched on November 15th at The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. 

The event was hosted by Schools OUT UK's Steve Boyce, He was blown away by the quality of the reception and the support provided by the museum. 

"Before we even entered the doors of the Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museum we knew we were in for something special and extraordinary. The front of the museums were plastered with a symphony of rainbow colours and diversity messages in a specially created light/soundscape by Luxmuralis and Fusion Arts, Oxford.


Once inside both museums were also lit in rainbow colours with special tour groups being taken around all the exhibits with LGBT+ emphasis. There were also at least 15 stalls from our own, Voices and Visibility, Fyne times, Oxford Pride and a Blackwell’s bookshop who sold all of the books we were highlighting- some signed by our speakers.

Over 3000 people flowed through the museums, stalls and platform performances, although our presentations in the Lecture Theatre did not attract big numbers they were very well presented and received. It was fantastic to be part of something so big and diverse!"

As well as highlighting the new 'Faces' of 2020 - playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author E.M.Forster, William Shakespeare and biographer Dawn Langley Simmons, Steve introduced a wide range of speakers  and presenters, including Schools OUT UK's Chair Sue Sanders and Maisie Barker, Holly James Johnson of Oxford University, Zayna Ratty from Oxford Pride, Caroline Page (the first Trans pilot in the RAF and author of True Colours) Commander Roly Woods author of Fighting with Pride and long-time History Month supporter, poet Dean Atta. He says of the evening:

"I loved being part of such a vibrant night celebrating LGBT present as well as LGBT history. There were brilliant talks and performances all around the museums, which really brought the spaces to life for me. I loved the performances by Drag Syndrome and also the excellent talk by University of Oxford DPhil candidate Ruth Ramsden-Karelse about South African LGBT history. The LGBT History Month presentations filled me with pride and got me excited for February 2020, and the event as a whole strengthen by belief that we should be celebrating ourselves and our history all year round."
Louise Wallwein said, "The launch of LGBT history month was spectacular and thought provoking. The whole magnificent Pitt Rivers museum was totally queered up and showcased some of the finest queer talent from the UK."

Mike Parker, author of On The Red Hill,  enthused about the event. "I was thrilled to speak at the launch of LGBT+ History Month. It was an amazing evening, in a quite mind-blowing venue, and with a terrific line-up of speakers and participants. We really travelled far and wide that night, and shared stories and experiences from all ages and backgrounds. Reclaiming our past is so important. When I was writing On the Red Hill, the book I spoke about that night, I was so aware of the need to share this crucial nugget of queer history with the world, for ordinary stories like that of Reg and George are all too easily forgotten. I was proud to tell their story, and to reclaim their past, for it belongs to us all. I'm hugely grateful to the team behind History Month for their very hard work to bring all this together. It is such important work, and we are all indebted to them."
Hannah Bruce from Pitt Rivers Beyond the Binary was thrilled with how the day went. "It was an honour for Pitt Rivers and the Beyond the Binary project to host and talk at the LGBT+ History Month 2020 launch. There was an incredible group of speakers sharing important insight into why LGBT+ History Month is so important for our community. It was a special evening to be a part of, with an amazing buzz around the event and the launch. To have such an event in Oxford, is so important for our local LGBTI+ community, as well as to show that spaces such as the museum are a place for LGBTI+ history and heritage, that has so often been omitted traditionally in museum spaces, to be represented and celebrated."

The whole event was photographed  for us by our in-house photographer Nic Chinardet. More of his pictures from the launch are available on our Facebook page here
National Education Union

LGBT+ Conference 2019

I have just spent a weekend with 350 LGBT+ teachers in Blackpool thanks to the NEU.

It was very exciting and for me particularly amazing, given that in the 90s we would have been very chuffed to get 60 at our Schools OUT conferences. The atmosphere was electric and the diversity noticeable, no surprise that I was the oldest! The workshops were very useful ranging from how to be effective in the union to how to be Trans inclusive in primary schools. There were a range of organisations there with stalls including The LGBT Foundation, The Proud Trust, The Beaumont Society, Educate and Celebrate and Olly with all his delightful books for primary schools as well as Schools OUT UK.

The care taken to support people was palpable from careful presentation of principles and behaviour to ensure safety and respect to the appointment of ‘listeners’ wearing a badge to indicate there were people who were happy to offer a space to chat over any issues or trauma that might have been triggered. I was appalled by some of the stories I heard of the harassment, abuse and invisibilising some people were facing in their schools. It is shocking that even with the change of the law and the positive stance of the union, the stories reminded me of the 80s! The good thing is that we do have the law and the union now to help challenge such issues.

The conference was well designed to include social time networking with specific groups and workshops. With so many people there and a full time table it was a bit tiring as well as informative and inspiring.

Andrew Moffatt gave the keynote speech detailing the work he has been doing in No Outsiders in his school, and while the school along with Anderton Park has suffered horrendous protests that have put both young people and staff under extreme stress, it was a joy to hear stories of mothers in the school going out of their way to support him and attend Pride and celebrate it! Andrew has a website that promotes his work and where you can get his books and the ones he recommends.

His work has put the importance of inclusive education on the map and has inspired so many schools to wake up and smell the coffee and begin to plan for the mandatory RSE timetable from 2020. The DFE have recently updated their guidance and made it plain that parents cannot veto the curriculum, which is helpful. The fact that the court made the exclusion order round Anderton Park School permanent is also helpful and send a strong message about appropriate and inappropriate protesting.

The NEU set up some awards for achievements in pushing forward the LGBT+ agenda thereby rewarding grass root workers who take on more work on top of a busy teaching life a welcome innovation.
The black caucus was much bigger this year which is to be celebrated and we look forward to linking with them.

Annette the LGBT+ NEU Chair is stepping down after 5 years. It has been under her that we have seen the massive shift in  LGBT+ involvement, thanks to the work of David Braniff Herbert who has worked tirelessly to empower LGBT+ teachers  to become more involved in the union. We are grateful for their tireless work and wish Annette success in her bid to be vice president next year

Motions were debated to go forward to main NEU conference; the motion to focus the union to deal more effectively with Trans issues was very strongly supported. It was felt that it was crucial we in the union were working with an effective definition of transphobia that goes beyond legal compliance and supports and endorses Trans and non-binary identities without resorting to the erasure or downgrading of ‘gender’ - to create guidance on dealing with transphobia in schools as well as support non-binary people.

It will be interesting to see if this is passed at main conference. Inclusive Education was launched, and looks pretty comprehensive and will I am sure give schools confidence to overhaul their policies and curriculum so that they are more inclusive of LGBT + issues.

The future of inclusive work in schools I hope is bright with this number of enthusiastic teachers. There will be challenges ahead and we will have setbacks as well as successes; the goal is to usualise LGBT+ issues throughout schools and the curriculum, and LGBT+ History Month is a great place to both start the work and support it. The Classroom website is about to be overhauled by the Proud Trust and it was clear from teachers there that they value practical resources that can support their work. The theme of Poetry, Prose and Plays for next year’s LGBT+ History Month was welcomed, so I am looking forward to seeing photos and reports of exciting celebrations in 2020 in schools across the country. Huge thanks to all who made the conference such a safe inspiring space. I am already looking forward to next year’s!

NEU LGBT+Guidance

Professor Sue Sanders, Harvey Milk Institute
Chair, Schools OUT UK

OTP 2020 Is Coming!

Presenters and Topics for 2020
OUTing the Past 2020
The International Festival of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History
We now have a list of available presenters and their topics on the LGBT+ History Month website (click below)


Find out more:

To add your February 2020 event to our Calendar, email the details to
The Pink News Awards 2019

Church House in Westminster was  the slightly incongruous setting for the seventh annual Pink News Awards on 16th October.The news organisation's CEO Benjamin Cohen played genial host to what turned out to be an extremely entertaining evening of presentations to the many hard working people in the LGBT+ rights community. 

Schools OUT UK, the charity behind LGBT+ History Month was nominated in the Best Community Group category for a second time. We lost out to worthy winners 
Intercom Trust from the south-west of England but that was minor gripe in an evening filled with pride and laughter.

Pride in the many hard working activists and charity volunteers striving hard and often unpaid to make the lives of LGBT+ people in this country just that little bit better. There was also strong admiration for outgoing Commons Speaker John Bercow MP who received the Pink News Special Award; for No Outsiders teacher Andrew Moffatt and for the previously mentioned Intercom Trust.

In a celebrity filled evening, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn presented Eastenders with the Drama Award for its summer Walford Pride episodes, and other awards were presented by Diane Abbott MP, Sir Keir Starmer MP and West Midlands Mayor Andrew Street. A charity auction towards the end of the evening, presented by actor John Barrowman and Drag Race competitor Bagga Chiz raised over £11000 on the night. 

But there was also a great deal of laughter, particularly from Lifetime Achievement Award winner, TV impresario Russell T Davies who raised the roof and drew a standing ovation after an absolute corker of a speech, apparently unscripted, where everyone from Trump to Amazon were called out. And there was another ovation for Shadow Cabinet politician Dawn Butler, who is clearly no fan of Anne Widdecombe! You can watch Russell's totally NSFW speech via You Tube by clicking on the picture below.
We look forward to 2020 and perhaps the chance to become third time lucky.

2020 Badge Design Available to Download

Don't forget, you can download all of our resources for free, including the new 2020 Badge. Just follow the link below where there are JPG and PDF versions available
Affiliate Links

Voices & Visibility

Voices & Visibility is a project to develop LGBT+ history resources. In 2015 the project produced a wallchart (available here) celebrating LGBT+ lives and the contribution they have made to life, learning, equal rights and society in the UK. This campaign is raising funds to develop a digital interactive version of the wallchart. 

The response to the wallchart has been overwhelmingly positive. It is available for free and is still in demand with over 3000 downloads in 2017 alone. 

Your donation will enable the digital interactive resource to be developed. All the information will be developed by a team of dedicated volunteers. All the information will be accessible for those with a sensory impairment. For those developing their reading skills there will be short summaries, written in plain English. The resource will be hosted on the LGBT History Month website alongside the current wallchart. It will be free and open to all.

Click here to link to our fundraising page. 
Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. We do this through youth groupspeer support, managing the LGBT Centre for Manchester, delivering of training and events, campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.

Links to support them are available here. 

Support Us

Schools OUT UK is an ambitious organisastion. 
We need your help. 

For decades, 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.

With your continued support, we can realise our dreams of more lessons posted on The Classroom, LGBT HM in every school in the UK, a festival hub in every major town in the UK, and a National Museum of LGBT Heritage.

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