Welcome at LGBT education

GALE is a learning community focusing on education about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. We promote the full inclusion of people who are disadvantaged because of their sexual orientation, sexual identity and their expression by identifying, enhancing and sharing educational expertise. The membership of the community is free and open to anyone actively involved in education about LGBT issues.

GALE asks members for feedback on strategic plan - July 12, 2018

12 July 2018 - GALE asks its members for feedback on the new draft strategic plan for 2018-2022. The key priority of the strategy is to map the situation of students in countries, to make policy recommendations and to stimulate and support cooperation between NGOs, schools and the government for structural improvement. Secondary goals are to collects and disseminate good practices and to develop key methods to facilitate change in schools. The new plan is presented in a period of little funding. This makes it difficult to plan activities. Therefore, the plan offers three scenarios for concrete implementation. One scenario is for a context with no funding, one for low funding and the third for adequate funding. The strategic plan can be downloaded here. Members who want to comment, can do this on the open forum page strategy discussion.

GALE evaluates data protection policy - July 07, 2018

7 July 2018 - The GALE Supervisory Council has discussed the data protection policy of our organization. The Council urged the director to take additional measures to educate the members about the risks. The recommendation followed a thorough discussion about the need to collect information about sexual orientation and gender identity and the clear risks involved for the members. Should GALE take full responsibility for these risks?

Pronouns day initiative asks support - June 03, 2018

3 June 2018 - An international volunteer group has taken the initiative to launch “Pronouns Day”. 17 October will be dedicated to action to be clear, educative and sensitive about how we use pronouns. Using self-chosen names and pronouns is a basic right. But we may inadvertently hurt someone when we use only “he” or “she”. Pronouns Days will help to educate people and generate ideas on how to be welcoming to each other.

Discussion about need to certificate schools on their level of LGBTI safety - May 05, 2018

5 May 2018 - On 18 May, GALE organizes a panel discussion about the development of a quality label for LGBTI friendly schools in Amsterdam. The panel will discuss whether a certificate or certification is a useful instrument. And if it is useful, what should it look like? Download the invitation here.

School visitation by students method translated from Dutch to English - April 26, 2018

26 April 2018 - While the Gay OK sexual diversity method is currently being implemented in Dutch schools, the manual has finally been translated into English so it can be accessible to various educational instructors and institutions around the world. Gay OK youth teams consist of a group of students who are dedicated to LGBTI acceptance in education. With cooperation of school management, the youth teams use the manual to conduct sexual diversity conversations, workshops, surveys, and other methods to promote LGBTI visibility and acceptance in education.