Yesterday’s Schools Out conference attracted 100 teachers, young people, youth workers, policymakers, researchers and community activists to the Drill Hall theatre in London.
A highlight for many was the London launch of The Homophobia Project – a provocative 30 minute film portraying the ‘heterophobia’ faced by straight teenagers in a gay world.
Speakers from Barnardos, the NSPCC and the Albert Kennedy Trust explained how their charities were supporting young LGBT people.
A panel of young people from youth groups in the South West shared their experiences of rural LGBT life. Isolation was a major issue, with many of them travelling huge distances to attend their groups.
At last year’s conference, treasurer David Watkins launched A Day In Hand – a campaign to promote Same-Sex Hand Holding on the last Saturday of every month. He proudly presented a selection of photos from the website and outlined how it had taken off so quickly and was already receiving worldwide attention.
Participants chose from workshops on how to engage schools in LGBT issues, trans issues in education, how to use The Homophobia Project film and LGBT Youth North West’s quality assurance framework.