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 develops individual right to education survey - December 22, 2020
22 December 2020 - In addition to the Right to Education Checklist, GALE is now also developing a survey that can be filled in by individuals. The Right to Education Checklist is a policy checklist with 15 checkpoints. It monitors the level of implementation of the right to education for LGBTIQ+ students. However, the Checklist requires some knowledge about your country’s education policy. Many LGBTIQ+ people would like to contribute to the mapping, but don’t know about policy. They asked if GALE could develop a questionnaire that links their individual experiences with school with the national policy.
Convention against discrimination is 60 years old, but still undervalued - December 10, 2020
10 December 2020 - This year UNESCO celebrates 60 years since the adoption of the Convention against Discrimination in Education. But it is disappointing that even after 60 years only half of the UN members states have ratified the convention. For The GALE membership, it is also disappointing that the UNESCO survey to monitor the implementation of the convention does not make reference to LGBTI discrimination. Furthermore, it is disappointing that UNESCO makes it very challenging for NGOs to participate in the consultation on the convention.
European and Central Asian survey on the impact of Covid-19 on lesbians - December 09, 2020
9 December 2020 - Since March 2020, The European Lesbian Conference organization (ELC) has been collecting testimonies and analyzing the impacts of Covid-19 on lesbians. They are huge and now ELC is launching comprehensive survey. The organization hopes to gather over 4000 responses.
Conservatives in New South Wales propose censorship law - November 09, 2020
9 November 2020 - The conservative Australian politician Mark Latham has proposed a law for the state of New South Wales that will forbid education about gender fluidity. The proposal harms trans and gender diverse students by denying their existence and prevents teachers and counsellors from supporting them. It allows parents to withdraw their child from a class or program which tells them LGBTIQ+ people are just like everyone else.
Madrassa for trans people opens in Dhaka - November 07, 2020
8 November 2020 - Sanjana Chowdury from the BBC reports that in Dhaka, a madrassa for third sex people has opened. It is the first religious school for transgender people to be opened in Bangladesh. Although right wing forces vehemently persecute gay and lesbian people in Bangladesh, third gender has officially been recognized.