Education

LGBT+ students were told to “die” in horrific graffiti. (Envato Elements) LGBT+ students were told to “die” in “appalling and terrifying” homophobic graffiti daubed over a Pride flag. Abusive slurs were scrawled on a white board that had a Pride flag projected onto it at Broadland High School in Norfolk, according to the North Norfolk News.
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The high school has postponed its Spirit Week after complaints from parents. (Envato) A Christian mother has written to her daughter’s school insisted that celebrating an “LGBT+ Support Day” would “incite hostility” among students. The “LGBT+ Support Day” was intended to be part of Spirit Week at Billings West High School in Montana, but one
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Nicholas Hewlett. (Screen capture via YouTube) A headmaster in Britain is set to make “education history” by coming out as gay during an online school assembly Monday (1 February) – and he knows he’s going to cry. Nicholas Hewlett, who leads St Dunstan’s College in the Catford neighbourhood of southeast London, said a conversation with a
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Stornoway Harbour, Western Isles. (Getty/ Tim Graham) Councillors in the Western Isles, off the coast of Scotland, have rejected LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex education in favour of Roman Catholic teaching. The Western Isles council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, overwhelmingly voted this month in favour Roman Catholic teaching materials to be used in lessons on relationships,
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US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen. (Mark Wilson/Getty) The infamously anti-LGBT+ where Karen Pence is a teacher was “handed almost $1 million in federal funds” intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Karen Pence, the wife of US Vice President Mike Pence, teaches art at the conservative Immanuel Christian School in Virginia.
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A teenager threatened to shoot students at Wellington High School in New Zealand (Envato Elements) A high school in Wellington, New Zealand, was put into lockdown after police said a teenager threatened to shoot students. Wellington High School was plunged into lockdown on Thursday morning (26 November) after a “credible threat” was made on social
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Thomas Brennan was placed on administrative leave by Ferris State University (Facebook/Twitter) A Michigan university professor who tweeted “racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs” and dismissed COVID-19 as a “leftist stunt” has been placed on administrative leave. Thomas Brennan, an assistant physical science professor at the Ferris State University in Michigan, was placed on leave on
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US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been blasted by LGBT+ activists for her rollbacks of trans protections. (Alex Wong/Getty) A trans teacher has set out what America needs from the Biden-Harris administration’s future education secretary: the polar opposite of Betsy DeVos. Since 2017, anti-LGBT+ Betsy DeVos has ruled over the US education system under
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Less than a third of secondary school students said their teachers challenged anti-LGBT+ language. (Envato) Almost half (46 per cent) of LGBT+ school students in England do not feel safe to be themselves at school, a study has revealed. LGBT+ education charity Diversity Role Models released its “Pathways to LGBT+ Inclusion” report Wednesday (18 November),
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Thousands of school children were sent vulgar homophobic messages from a teacher’s email address. (Stock photograph via Elements Envato) A tidal wave of messages described by school leaders as “lewd, racist, antisemitic and homophobic” were sent to thousands of students after a teacher’s email was hacked. A math teacher at Niles West High School, in
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Students walk across the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty) A toxic fraternity, which claims to be one of the oldest in America, is suing a chapter that admitted women and non-binary members for causing “irreparable harm” to its “image”. In 2016, Stephanie Stoneback was asked to pledge the fraternity Sigma
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Milton Hershey school was accused of forcing boys to watch conversion therapy videos (YouTube/Milton Hershey School) A student who claimed an elite school forced him to undergo conversion therapy after he was caught watching gay porn has been ordered to pay $800 of the school’s legal fees. Former student Adam Dobson claimed he was forced
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The mother believes the school treated her daughter’s relationship differently because she is gay (Pexels) A mother is threatening to sue an Indiana school district, claiming that her gay daughter was singled out by staff and subjected to “humiliating” homophobic bullying. Melissa Hart has filed a formal complaint against the administration of Charlestown High School,
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Caroline Farrow. (Good Morning Britain/ YouTube) Anti-trans, anti-gay and anti-abortion activist and Catholic apologist Caroline Farrow was invited to Exeter University to debate sex work, before being uninvited over of her anti-LGBT+ views, and then re-invited against the wishes of the debate society. On Friday (18 September) the University of Exeter debate society is set
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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). (Oli Scarff/Getty) Students in a London School of Economics (LSE) freshers group chat reportedly hurled homophobic slurs at each other because they “thought it would be bants”. One soon-to-be LSE student in the group chat posted screenshots of anti-LGBT+ messages on Twitter, and wrote: “Not this
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The ‘genderbread person’ helps children to understand the differences between gender and anatomy (Genderbread.org) A high school has dropped an LGBT+ educational tool after a transphobic mother complained it was targeting “vulnerable children” like her own transgender son. The school in Australia showed 15-year-old students an image of the ‘genderbread person‘, a well-known teaching resource
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Andrew Moffat teaches at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham. (Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize/YouTube) Andrew Moffat, the Birmingham teacher whose No Outsiders programme became the subject of continued school protests last year, said he will settle for “tolerance” of LGBT+ people rather than “celebration”. Moffat said he has implemented a “realistic” change of terminology in
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Protestors outside the LDS Temple in New York. (Fox 13) Protests against a ban on “same-sex romantic behaviour” at a university run by the Mormon church have reached New York, 1,000 miles away from the university itself. Last week, Brigham Young University (BYU), in Utah, backtracked on removing a ban “homosexual behaviour”, announcing that “same-sex
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Tory councillor Aron Klein (left) said gay Hackney mayor Philip Glanville (right) should ‘stop crying’ after singling him out for his sexuality. (Hackney Conservatives/Hackney Labour) The Conservative party is investigating a local councillor who insisted he isn’t homophobic in an email titled with the well-worn homophobic taunt: “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”
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Senator Sylvia Allen from Snowflake, Arizona, is attacking the state’s sex education laws (Facebook) A Republican senator who literally comes from a town of snowflakes is trying to ban schools from discussing the existence of LGBT+ people. Senator Sylvia Allen represents the tiny town of Snowflake in Arizona, which has a population of just 5,590.
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The study found that three quarters of teenage boys had participated in homophobic teasing. (Envato) Homophobic teasing is the most common “violent behaviour” among teenage boys, a new study has found. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looked at whether attitudes towards gender equality affected violence in teenage boys. It surveyed
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The boys who created the WhatsApp group were just 13 and 14 years old. (Envato) A “top-ranked”, elite school in Mumbai has suspended eight boys after a WhatsApp group was discovered containing violent and homophobic messages, and talk of raping their female classmates. The messages from the schoolboys, aged just 13 and 14, were obtained
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Indiana University has ruled out sacking a university professor who said that gay people should be banned from teaching to stop them from abusing students. The university is under pressure to sack Professor Eric Rasmusen, a professor of business economics and public policy, after homophobic, sexist and racist posts emerged online. Rasmusen’s views came under scrutiny
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Calls for LGBT- inclusive education at Birmingham Pride. (Jim Wood/Barcroft Media/Getty) Stonewall has launched a curriculum guide to help primary schools make all subjects LGBT-inclusive ahead of comprehensive relationships education becoming compulsory next year. From September 2020, inclusive relationships and sex education will be statutory, which the guide says “will provide an additional impetus for
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LGBT+ author Robin Stevenson with copies of the book she was due to discuss at the school (Instagram/@robinstevensonwrites) Queer author Robin Stevenson has condemned an Illinois school for cancelling her visit in response to a complaint from a ‘homophobic’ parent. Robin Stevenson is the award-winning gay Canadian author of Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood
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