Jeremy Corbyn's video message for LGBT+ for School Diversity Week
Diversity Week Article
Today, July 2nd, marks the beginning of our school’s Diversity Week, being run by the Just Like Us charity. This event is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, creating visibility and empowerment for the community throughout schools.
Thirty years ago this year, Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools, meaning discussion, education and representation of the LGBTQ+ community (which was recognised then as the LGB community) was illegal. Although this law was repealed in 2003, it is still unacceptably tough for young members of this community. This is why Diversity Week is necessary; it shows the young members of the community that it is okay to be yourself and demonstrates that they are not alone in what they are going through.
Everyone will hear the name LGBTQ+ this week, but how many know what it stands for? I’m sure most know about Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual and some will know that the T stands for transgender. But few will know about the Q+, Q stands for questioning and the + is for the rest of our community, that’s right there’s more! Sexualities such as pansexual, an attraction to all genders, and asexual, which is not experiencing sexual attraction. And gender identities like genderfluid, gender identity changing over time, and nonbinary, not identifying with the binary gender identities- male and female. The full acronym’s meaning is known by only few, this is another reason that we need diversity week to raise visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community in schools.
The problems that LGBTQ+ students face often go unseen but over 150,000 LGBTQ+ students of UK secondary schools face discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. 96% hear homophobic remarks aimed at them or others; 50% of them self-harm; and 25% attempt suicide. Diversity week and the LGBTQ+ club, Spectrum, aims to support and encourage these students to reach their full potential and to eradicate homophobia and the bullying of LGBTQ+ students in schools.
This week will hold multiple activities and events to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. The pride flag is flying to show the school’s support, each form will see “In a heartbeat” and a display of LGBTQ+ books will be displayed in the library. All students and staff can pledge their support to LGBTQ+ community in the library, a protest against the violence towards members of the LGBTQ+ community will take place in the form of a 50 minute silence for each form. There will be a chocolate tombola and rainbow ribbons being sold to raise money for the charity Just Like Us, and visibility will be raised with a display in the glass corridor and a visit from Caroline Paige; a transgender woman who anyone can meet for a chat.