Saturday, January 31, 2009

Spotlight: LGBT History Month to Open with BBC1 Debate

Each year, there is a growing number of events being organised for LGBT History Month around the UK. You can view a list of events (or register and promote your own) by visiting our calendar. Feel free to also join the debate and make new friends on our forum.

Tony Fenwick, co-chair of Schools Out, will be interviewed on BBC1’s The Big Questions, this Sunday, which will be looking at ‘whether being gay or lesbian is a cause for celebration’.

The broadcast, from a primary school in Bristol, coincides with the first day of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month, a national event throughout February to celebrate LGBT history, culture and identities. This year’s theme is Education and Young People and Tony will be explaining to presenter Nicky Campbell the importance of challenging our invisibility in schools.

Tony was excited to be taking part:

‘History Month is really starting to take off in Schools. There’s still time to organise events for February. We’ve got some great resources on our website, and advice from successful initiatives in previous years.
‘The educational debate is often hijacked by hysteria over sex, so I’m looking forward to explaining how schools benefit when they treat LGBT issues like they do race and gender issues.’

The programme will be available on iPlayer for a limited amount of time here.

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