LGBT History Month has been busy for The Beaconsfield School
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) History Month has been busy for The Beaconsfield School; it takes place every year in February and it celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. We started February with our annual Day of Silence, which is a school wide silent protest at the effects of homophobic bullying. Students were challenged to say silent for the whole day to show support for the people they knew who suffered homophobic bullying. More than 240 students took part in the day and it was very successful.
The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is Maths and Science and assemblies to all the year groups highlighted the life of Alan Turing and his accomplishments. The question posed to the students was ‘if Alan Turing’s sexuality was known at the time would he have been allowed to do his work? Work that saved countless life’s and changed the life’s of millions.
Several departments took part in the month delivering a variety of lessons from musical composition on ‘the effects of homophobic bullying’; to the use of LGBT Pride events to ‘rebrand’ London. On Monday, 11th February, we also had some teacher visitors from Germany to view our good practice.
The rainbow flags have been up in the hall throughout the month to remind the students about the symbolism. The flag stands for freedom from discrimination and freedom to be who you are. All students should feel safe at school, and we believe that the continued work on these themes allows all students to embrace diversity and learn in a safe and tolerant environment.