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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.

My-ID project publishes guides for schools on how to cooperate with parents on sexual and gender diversity - December 04, 2023

4 December 2023 - The European My-ID partnership closed its two-year project with the publication of three products on how schools can cooperate with parents on the topic of sexual and gender diversity. The three products are a School Guide on how to communicate with parents, a template for a Brochure for Parents to inform school parents about the LGBTIQ+ policy of the school and a short general Parent’s Leaflet for all parents for the national levels of project partners.

New take on LGBTIQ+ teacher training - August 24, 2023

24 August 2023 - The My-ID project has published a new open-source user manual on how to develop an optimal teacher training on LGBTIQ+ issues. The manual gives a new take on LGBTIQ+ training. Rather than focusing on LGBTIQ+ “visibility” and giving teachers information on how to “correctly” approach LGBTIQ+ students, the manual and the accompanying background reader offer a view on how teacher can be approached on the emotional and attitudinal level.

Spanish study shows how stories of LGBT teachers can improve initial teacher training - August 17, 2023

17 August 2023 - A Spanish study explored what impact stories of LGBT teachers can have on students in initial teacher training. The results show how life stories are a good method of raising awareness among trainee teachers by showing the reality of LGBT, including the barriers they may face in schools. In this article the study is summarized and some criticisms on the study are highlighted.

Soaring suicide rates in USA due to censorship laws - August 14, 2023

14 August 2023 - The Trevor Project released it’s 2023 survey report on suicide among LGBTQ youth in the USA and the findings are horrible. 41% of LGBTQ young people seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. These rates were much higher among transgender, nonbinary, and among people of color. 56% who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it. Almost 2 in 3 LGBTQ young people said that hearing about new laws banning people from discussing sexual and gender diversity at school made their mental health a lot worse.

US judge rules parents cannot evict trans students from school bathrooms - August 09, 2023

9 August 2023 - A USA federal judge refused extremist parents to sue a school in Ohio. They wanted to force the school to evict a trans student from public school toilets. He said it is clear that a parent has the right to control where their child goes to school, but that is where their control ends. Public school policies like the use of student bathrooms are for the school to decide. His judgement is a breath of fresh air in an increasingly foul-smelling extremist right-wing campaign.