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Lesson suggestions for schools

East End Eye launched pages of information for Young People, Teachers and Parents as part of LGBT History Month. Within these pages you will find resources to support young people, activities to teach about issues relating to the subject and links to find support groups and research further...Visit the website here

LGBT issues and A level Geography
UK geography specifications have generally only ever addressed ethnic/racial and income inequalities in society, although in recent years greater attention has been paid at A level to gender differences. Consideration of the inequalities and repression to which LGBT people are routinely exposed around the world, and the different geographies this creates, is not a topic A level has ever explicitly embraced. See the resource here on the Edexcel website.

Three new resources that have been developed for use in Vancouver schools to address homophobia and the well-being of LGBTTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirit, Questioning) youth.

Question & Answer book for parents and family of lesbian and gay youth. It was developed by the VSB Pride Advisory Committee in conjunction with community partner groups. It is presented here in a bilingual English/Chinese edition. Open here

Facts & Myths flyer about antihomophobia education. It comes in an English version, and a second Chinese version.

Making Schools Safe for Everyone, speaks of school safety with homophobia and racism in mind. It comes in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, French, Korean, and Punjabi.

The full Vancouver School Board LGBTTQ policy can be found at:

Gay & Lesbian Educators of BC have their Dealing With Namecalling resource for intermediate teachers online in a .pdf format at:

Lesson suggestions from David Watkins, a teacher
(all links open window with Word, image or PowerPoint file)

Bullying: doc one (Chalkface Project), doc two, doc three, doc four

LGBT symbols: doc one, doc two

Prejudice: doc one, doc two (Chalkface Project), doc three

World AIDS Day: doc one, doc two, doc three, doc four, doc five

BME: Batty Man - Channel 4 documentary about homophobia in the black British community and Jamaica (related clips and lesson plan are available here). The programme itself is available for viewing and (for teachers) for downloading from Teachers TV here.

Key stages 2/3

Name Calling
A Poem and how to use it
Jamie's Story (additional notes) (cards)
Teasing and Bullying, what's the difference?

Key Stage 4

The Kestrels (additional notes)
Poem Comparison
Sonnets Lesson

Amnesty International's Education Activities for LGBT History Month

Amnesty International has provided 18 pages of activities for LGBT History month (PDF document). These include some fantastic role plays, including a create your own state task, some excellent text activities at word level for literacy lessons, opportunities to research gays, lesbians and bisexuals in history and a discussion of the use of gay/lesbian hate lyrics in contemporary music. Essential at Key stages 3 and above. Can be adapted for younger groups of pupils.

Lesson suggestions on Transgender Issues by Christine Burns (PDF document)

Before using any of these suggestions, it will be helpful to consult ‘Appendix 6: approaches to teaching and learning’ and ‘Appendix 9: guidance on the teaching of sensitive and controversial issues’ in ‘Citizenship. A scheme of work for key stage 3: Teacher's guide’, available for download from the DfES website:


Bullying questionnaire here (PDF document) (We note that the form does not include staff as potential bullies you may well want to add that when you use it.)

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