LGBT+

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The theme for 2020 is ‘Prose, Poetry and Plays’

The NEU is committed to challenging discrimination on the grounds of gender and sexual orientation, and to campaigning on behalf of its members to ensure they are being treated equally. We work to influence policies at school, local and national levels relating to both working conditions and rights for our members and for the young people we work with. We work with other unions and organisations who share our aims.

There is an annual LGBT+ members conference which currently takes place over a weekend in November and which is open to any LGBT+ member to apply. If you would be interested in applying for this conference please contact alex.kenny@exec.neu.org.uk.

Tower Hamlets and The City district is keen to increase the involvement and activity of LGBT+ members in the work of the Union. If you would like to be more involved or require some advice or information, please contact us via email alex.kenny@exec.neu.org.uk

If you need advice or support, please check out our Advice page or get in touch with us direct: Alex.Kenny@exec.neu.org.uk

You can also contact the NEU Advice Line 0345 811 8111 or further contact details can be found here

ELTA Equalities Officer: Neptali Palmer

National Executive Member for LGBT+ members: Annette Pryce

Email: Annette.Pryce@exec.neu.org.uk

NEU Links

LGBT+ History Month

This event takes place annually in February to highlight issues relating to LGBT+ people and to education and inform.

You can find out what is planned for this year here

Other Resources

Schools Out

LGBT History Archive

London NEU LGBT+ Network

The London NEU LGBT+ Network is open to all NEU members working in London.

The aim of the network is to:

  • Increase the voice of LGBT+ members on issues in the union
  • Strengthen the debate using their influence
  • Make education the best for teachers and pupils in London
  • Enhance LGBT+ teachers professionally and personally
  • Create social and networking opportunities

TUC LGBT+ Workers

The TUC campaigns for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people at work and in society. An annual national conference for lesbian and gay trade unionists was established in 1998 (bisexual and transgender rights were included shortly after). The conference elects a committee to advise the TUC on LGBT+ issues.

You can read more about the TUC’s LGBT+ work here

Inclusive Sex and Relationships Education in schools

This is very much in the news at the moment as the government are discussing changes to legislation to make this a compulsory part of primary and secondary education.

You may have seen stories in the news about parents in Birmingham and Manchester protesting about the content of Sex and Relationships Education in schools.  A court has now ruled that the exclusion zone established to prevent such protests outside Anderton Primary School may be made permanent to protect the school community.

We have heard that there may be similar protests planned in Tower Hamlets. We don’t have any details but we want to be in a position to work with schools and the local community to diffuse any tension and resolve any misunderstandings. If you do hear of anything please do let us know.