Our (Brilliant) Stonewall Champion Launch: LGBT Pride!!

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This week, I am was extremely proud of my school as we launched our new status as a Stonewall Champion School.  In a week of assemblies and workshops we’ve sown the seeds for a long-term process of changing attitudes: It’s not merely acceptable to be gay at Highbury Grove; it’s normal. It’s part of life. Everyone’s life.

Twenty years ago,when the outrageous fall-out from Section 28 was still raging, (one of many reasons to despise  the Thatcher regime), I was Head of PSHE at Holland Park in London.  Members of Stonewall would leaflet students outside the gates on occasion and I asked the Headteacher if I could approach them to arrange workshops in the school.  It seemed to me then that the best way to challenge homophobia (which was rife across the school) would be to invite people who could tell students ‘I’m gay and it’s ok!’. The Head said…

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