As a committed member of Stonewall’s Education Champions programme, Derbyshire County Council is proud to support the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May. The rainbow flag will be raised above County Hall and this has been publicised to all of the Council’s employees. We’ve sent the Stonewall primary pack, Celebrating Difference, to all our primary schools and the Effective School Leadership Guide to all schools. Consequently a number of schools are looking at using the Stonewall Primary Booklist and resources to celebrate the diversity of family life and tackle homophobia.
We have a small steering group including LGB&T young people who are designing PowerPoint assemblies to raise awareness of homophobia and its effects on young people and local support. They’ll also include positive messages, including clips of the Stonewall It Gets Better campaign and LGB&T role models. We hope the assemblies can be delivered in all Bath & North East Somerset schools on or around 17 May. They can also be adapted to show in other settings, like youth clubs and youth offending team settings. We’ll also issue a press release about this, linking it to our Education Champion work with Stonewall. Our council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People is helping us promote the work as well.
In Brighton & Hove, IDAHO is known as International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), and we're using this year’s education focus to celebrate the work that schools have been doing in partnership with the Healthy Schools Team and our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and unsure youth group, Allsorts. Teachers from a primary, secondary and special school as well as young people from Allsorts and from a school equality group will present their work on challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and celebrating diversity. Also, a special assembly has been developed for use in secondary schools and we hope a film produced by Allsorts will be shown to staff groups in Brighton & Hove and beyond. In a visit organised by Stonewall as part of IDAHOBIT, Lance Corporal James Wharton will be speaking to secondary students about being openly gay in the Army.