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.

Dutch antibullying policy critically evaluated - August 17, 2019

August 17, 2019 - The Dutch organization Edu-Diverse published an analysis of antibullying policies in the Netherlands today. The analysis of 40 pages concludes that much improvement is still possible. Schools are only to do research, have a plan and a coordinator, but there are no substantive criteria for quality. Edu-Diverse states that the neoliberal Dutch policy means that schools regulate themselves and that the possibilities for individuals or social organizations to help improve the quality of antibullying policies at school are very limited. Still, it suggests some ways to improve the situation.

Defensive freeze reaction in the brain helps to act better - August 15, 2019

15 August 2019 - Someone who initially “freeze” in a threatening situation can then shoot faster. This is the result of research among candidate police officers, who subsequently shot faster and more accurately during the tests. The research, conducted by brain scientists at Radboud University, was published in Scientific Reports in March. This finding supports the GALE technique which educates teachers and LGBTI activists to respond to fierce homophobia and transphobia.

Nepalese teachers trained again by colleagues and lgbt-activists - August 10, 2019

10 August 2019 - Nepalese teachers were trained again on how to deal with LGBTI issues in their schools. With assistance of the Blue Diamond Society, the Chetana teacher training group and GALE, training were offered in previous years as well. The partners have sought funding to expand these trainings beyond the province of Pokhara, but the unique trainings remain on limited to a few schools because donors do not consider it a priority on the same level as (heterosexual) gender violence.

GALE inquires for cooperation or merge - August 07, 2019

7 August 2019 - GALE has send inquiries to 6 potential partners to closely cooperate with or merge the GALE key activities. In the past years, the backbone donors of GALE have withdrawn due to budgetary reasons or because they do not support mainstreaming LGBTI issues in the education system anymore. This threatens the financial stability of GALE. If GALE wants to sustain her activities, a choice has to be made to merge with a larger global organization or to fall back on only volunteer activities.

Polish court stops distribution LGBT-free stickers - August 01, 2019

1 August 2019 - The Warsaw District Court ordered the newspaper Gazeta Polska to stop including LGBT-Free Zone stickers in its publications pending the outcome of a rights activist’s case. The newspaper now avoids the ban by distributing a revised version LGBT Ideology-Free Zone.