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.

First newsletter on LGBTI diversity in vocational education - September 12, 2019

12 September 2019 - Today, the SENSE-partnership published the first newsletter on how to integrate LGBTI issues in vocational training institutions. In education about LGBTI issues, vocational training is often neglected because it is often regarded as “technical”. However, in most jobs, soft skills like client or customer friendliness and being flexible and mindful are key 21st century skills everybody needs. In the My-ID method, which is being developed by the SENSE=-partnership, sensitivity for LGBTI issues is linked with such “deep diversity” skills.

Class activity: Fatima needs advice - September 08, 2019

8 September 2019 - Today, GALE starts building a database with activities educators can use in class. The activities will be formatted in a template based on the My-ID design. “My-ID” is the new design for a method schools can use to properly implement a program to integrate LGBTI issues in their classrooms and in their policy. The first activity in the database is “Fatima needs advice”, an activity for 13-16 years old about how to respond to a class mate who questions her sexual preference.

Manual on educating prosociality in high schools published - September 04, 2019

September 4, 2019 - The European ALICE-project published a manual on how to educate about prosociality in high schools. Prosociality focuses on a positive approach rather than an "anti" strategy. The manual explain in depth how schools can implement such an approach, in the school and with the wider community. Although "prosociality" sounds innocent and acceptable to all, the concept proofs to be quite radical if implemented fully. This was even shown in the ALICE-partnership that produced the manual, where the diversity chapter has to be removed from the manual after protests of a partner from a more conservative country.

Nigerian research recommends sensitivity training for university students - August 31, 2019

31 August 2019 - A recently published study in the Journal of LGBT Youth on university students in Nigeria confirms generally homophobic attitudes. But at the same time, the interviewed students admit to being able to see lesbian, gay, and bisexual students as humans when they look beyond the aspect of their sexual orientation. Researcher Okanlawon recommends to offer heterosexual students sensitivity and anti-prejudice training and to train teachers to acquire positive pedagogical competences to offer such education effectively.

LGBT in the Quran - August 25, 2019

25 August 2019 - GALE added an article on sexual diversity in the Quran to the database. You can often get questions or comments from Muslim students about homosexuality in Islam. They generally claim that homosexuality is banned by the Quran. But if you continue to ask, they often do not know the statements and they get stuck in "it is just not allowed, it is haram" .It is true that there are a number of passages in the Quran referring to the story of Sodom which seem to prohibit sex between men. But there is more to say about it.