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Pre-launch 2010 - 19 November 2009 - British Museum

Since 2004, the event has taken place at Tate Modern, the MPS's Empress State Building, the Congress House, The Royal Courts of Justice and a school in Hackney. This year, not only did the pre-launch event take place at the British Museum, it also covered a whole day.

Below are links to resources, documents produced for the day that should help you with organising events for History Month. Further information can be found by using the left-hand menu on this page.

A best practice session which took place in the afternoon. Look at the bottom of this page for all the information and resources about this.

A teachers surgery took place allowing those present to ask questions to other teachers who have already organised event for the Month in their schools. Marion Reichart has written a report on this session summarising the main points that were made. You can download it by clicking here (Word document).

The formal pre-launch event in the evening saw contibutions from Andrew Burnett, Assistant Director of the British Museum and Ben Bradshaw MP, Culture Secretary, among many others. A full report of the event can be downloaded here (Word document).

On the occasion of the pre-launch, the British Museum launched an online trail highlighting items in its collections with special LGBT interest. The trail can be seen on the BM's site, here.

The Shropshire Archives have produced a DVD, Some People Are Gay, Get Over It, about their local LGBT history. A powerpoint presentation about the project can be downloaded here (7.5Mb).

Images of the day by Mark Weeks, Kevin Foy and Nicolas Chinardet can be viewed on flickr here.

You can read Ofsted's message of support for LGBT History Month here.

Best Practice Session - list of contributors and resources.

Wendy Cree has put together a report on the session which took place in the afternoon and showcased exciting examples of past actions taken in schools to celebrate LGBT History Month. You can download the report by clicking here (Word document). A powerpoint presentation bringing together all the presentations below is also available here (86.5Mb).

Videos (all the links take you to a YouTube page):
Introduction | Opening speech | Closing speech | more below

Contributor Organisation Documents
Alan Clarke Department for Children, Schools and Families video
Elly Barnes Stoke Newington School
'Celebrate and Educate'- How to begin celebrations for LGBT History Month in your school. It is only ignorance that causes homophobia - once educated attitudes do change. This school is proof of this.

John Harold No Outsiders
John Harold is Deputy Headteacher of a primary school in East London. He has been a teacher for 21 years and gay for 43. John is proud to be involved with the "No Outsiders" project.

Liz Willow Camden Forum
Liz Willows of Camden LGBT Forum shows a presentation developed for assemblies and classroom workshops. It challenges homophobia and transphobia and increase awareness of the diversity of LGBT people. The presentation encourages young people to adopt an LGBT “hero” and, for older school groups, covers some of the history of the last 42 years.

ppt (2.5Mb)
Pauline Weeks
(with students)
Thomas Tallis School
A look at some of the high points of the work at Thomas Tallis School, Kidbrooke, developing LGBT themes across curriculum areas including some samples of work presented by students.

pps (2.8Mb)
Ekow Armah Healthy Schools
Ekow is the National Coordinator for the organisation.
ppt (2.6Mb)
Kate Sicolo Intercom Trust
Kate works for the Intercom Trust as part of the Anti-Bullying in Cornwall Initiative. She is the first full-time anti-homophobia worker to be directly funded by a local authority.

ppt (4.6Mb)
video 1
video 2

Jay Stewart Gendered Intelligence/Central School of Speech and Drama
Gendered Intelligence will offer a brief introduction about its organisation, including tell you about how we have brought young transgendered people together to celebrate LGBT History Month. You will also get a sneak preview of our play “Brief Encounters” – which tells a story about the lives of LGBTQ people. It was produced in collaboration with Central School of Speech and Drama and aimed at Key Stage 4 and 5 students. It will be touring the country as part of LGBT History Month 2010.

pps (2.3Mb)

Rachel Williams Pink Box/Connexions
Utopia Pink Box Project - Utopia LGBT youth groups in Cheshire West addressed issues of homophobia on a large scale during LGBT History Month by offering the "Pink Box Challenge" to all generic youth clubs in the area".

pps (14.2Mb)
David Robson Roehampton University
David Robson demonstrates how they brought together students, academics and local MP's to explore how they could challenge homophobia in schools through teacher training.

Naechanè V. Romeo Music Mentor
Naechanè works with young people around the country pointing them in new directions. As a recording artist he uses music as the main platform of communicating with young people. His aim is to help create a brighter more understanding future within schools and communities. He mentors the youth to be more creative outlet.

ppt (2.3Mb)
Louise Davies Out For Our Children
A group of London lesbian parents producing books and resources that reflect our children's lives and family experiences.
pps (2.1Mb)
Jan Bridget
(with members of GALYIC)
Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale
"Anne Lister's Diaries: The Rosetta Stone of 19th Century Lesbianism." The discovery and publication of Anne Lister's diaries by Helena Whitbread in 1988 challenged previous conceptions about lesbianism in early 19th Century Britain. Anne Lister owned Shibden Hall in Halifax. The presenters, all from Halifax, will provide an intriguing introduction to this fascinating lesbian.

ppt2 (2.4Mb)

Pav Akhtar Teachers Development Agency for Schools
The Agency has create a presentation listing the various legislation, guidance and official support in the promotion of sexualities, equalities and the challenge of homophobia.


Videos kindly shot and edited by Suited and Booted Studios CIC.

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