Hazlehead Academy celebrated LGBT History Month during February with a range of displays, activities and events.
We started the month with a presentation on LGBT history that was shown in each form class. The presentation aimed to
- Help create an inclusive environment and ensure the LGBT members of our community feel a part of our school and that diversity is celebrated
- Highlight the positive achievements of LGBT people in society and expresses the diversity of those people
- Reduce bullying and raise self-esteem through positive reinforcement of cultural diversity
- Send a positive message regarding our school’s ethos to the wider community, including LGBT families and teachers.
Some puzzles and quizzes were also shared for the form classes to take part in.
During the month we held a Rainbow cupcake sale, showed film ‘Love, Simon’ over a week of lunchtimes and displayed our ‘LGBT Icons’ and over 200 of our LGBT books in the library.
We ran an LGBT Icons Who am I? competition. Images and biographies of LGBT icons throughout history, including figures such as Alan Turing, Carol Ann Duffy and Ellen Degeneres, were displayed on doors throughout the school. Staff and pupils had to match the biographies to the image.
In addition, on 28th February – Rainbow Day – staff and pupils wore a rainbow ribbon or laces of support and we asked everyone in the school to sign our Rainbow Flag.
Celebrating and promoting LGBT figures and history over the month really brought the school community together in a positive and informative way.