Improving Knowledge LGBTU

LGBTU

Patcham High School have implemented staff LGBTU Allies, who are proud to support and respect young people’s diversity.

We aim to improve knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable our school community to appreciate and value difference and diversity.

What is an LGBTU ally?

Ally a person who supports and respects members of the LGBTU community.  We consider people to be active allies who take action on in support and respect. It encompasses non-LGBT allies as well as those within the LGBT community who support each other.

Showing and sharing your acceptance and support can be very easy. Many people often don’t realise that LGBT people keep watch for signs from their friends, family and acquaintances about whether it is safe to be open with them.

Who are the LGBTU Allies?

LGBTU allies can be easily identified as together with their blue staff lanyards they will also wear rainbow lanyards.

For more information please contact: Cleopatra Fraser cfraser@patchamhigh.org.uk

Debra Lloyd dlloyd@patchamhigh.org.uk

Information:

Terminology:

Agender – A person with no (or very little) connection to the traditional system of gender, no personal alignment with the concepts of either man or woman, and/or someone who sees themselves as existing without gender. Sometimes called gender neutral or genderless.

Asexual – A person who does not experience sexual attraction under most circumstances. An asexual person may or may not experience romantic attraction.

Bisexual or Bi – Refers to a person who has an emotional and/or sexual orientation towards more than one gender.

Gay – Refers to a man who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards men. Also a generic term for lesbian and gay sexuality – some women define themselves as gay rather than lesbian.

Lesbian – Refers to a woman who has an emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation towards women.

LGBT – The acronym for lesbian, gay, bi and trans.

Non-Binary – A person whose gender identity does not fit the strict man/woman dichotomy. Some non-binary people feel that their gender identity is between man and woman, is simultaneously fully man and fully woman, changes from man to woman and back, is a separate entity without connection to man or woman, is similar to either man or woman but is not quite either, is entirely neutral, or does not exist at all.

Pansexual – Pansexuality is often confused with bisexuality. People who identify as pansexual define it in multiple ways. Some people identify as pansexual because they see ‘bisexual’ as not including non-binary tran people. Other pansexual people explain it as sexual attraction to people irrespective of gender or sex.

Trans – an umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, cross-dresser, non-binary, genderqueer (GQ).

Unsure – (Questioning) – Being unsure of your gender identity, being unsure of your sexual orientation or both. Many people go through a stage of questioning during their lives, sometimes several times. This can be because they learn new words that fit them better or it can be that their actual feelings of gender or attraction change over time.

 

The impact:

Bullying has a severe impact on the well-being, attainment and aspirations of LGBT students. Seven out of ten students who have experienced homophobic bullying say it has had an impact on their schoolwork; half say they have skipped school to avoid bullies. In some cases, the exclusion of LGBT people from the curriculum, and the reinforcement of negative messages around sexual orientation and gender identity, can severely affect self-esteem.

‘I can’t tell anyone because, basically, no-one knows that I am gay…I got punched in the corridor today for example, and I can’t tell the teacher because it will involve coming out.’ Nick, 14

Our research shows that secondary schools that take an active, positive approach to tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and bullying get the best results.

References:

  • The School Report (2012), a survey by Cambridge University of more than 1,600 lesbian, gay and bi young people
  • The Teachers’ Report (2014), polling by YouGov for Stonewall
  • Metro Youth Chances (2014), a survey of more than 7,000 young people, including 956 trans young people

AllSorts:

Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support and empower young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The Allsorts website tells you about their services, tries to answer any questions you may have and has lots of resources that hopefully you will find useful. – See more at: http://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk

Stonewall:

Stonewall is an organisation that aims to support LGBT people both in the UK and abroad, for further information see; http://www.stonewall.org.uk/.


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