Birmingham schools celebrate LGBT History Month

By on 24/02/2014 in Cabinet, Cllr Jones, News

Cllr Brigid Jones

Cllr Brigid Jones

Schools across the city will take part in workshops and a concert this week as part of Birmingham's celebrations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month.

Organised by Birmingham City Council's LGBT schools advisor Elly Barnes, the 'Educate and Celebrate' workshops and showcase evening concert take place in the children’s library on Wednesday (26 February).

This year's LGBT History Month celebrates ‘MUSIC’ and will highlight the contributions of LGBT musicians over the years.

During the morning, there will be a workshop and activities for primary school children in years five and six lead by assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat. Over the last eight years Andrew has developed and created the 'CHIPS' (challenging homophobia in primary schools) resource, which is being implemented in primary schools throughout the UK.

Late morning, Round Midnight Theatre will treat secondary school students in years 7 and 8 to a performance of 'Straight Talking', a lively, fun and engaging play that addresses attitudes towards LGBT people through the story of Andy and Dan.

The showcase finale evening concert will feature the LGBT History Month anthem for 2014 'Say it Loud' which was written during a composition project led by solo artist Vix at Turves Green Girls School for LGBT History Month last year.

Other highlights of the evening will be 'Same but Different' written and performed by GCSE students at Perry Beeches Academy, Turves Green Girls choir, Ruth Owens singer/songwriter from Ninestiles academy and singer/songwriter Chrissie Daz from Gender Matters, performance poetry from English teacher Andy Conner and two trouser role arias (songs from operas sung by a woman dressed as a boy or man) from mezzo-soprano assistant head teacher Claire Stoneman.

Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Children and Family Services, Cllr Brigid Jones, said: “'Educate and Celebrate' has transformed the lives of thousands of our young people and next month's workshops and concert will transform many more.  LGBT History Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate the contributions that LGBT members of our community play and involving schools helps tackle the prejudice faced by many of our young people.”

Birmingham City Council's LGBT schools advisor, Elly Barnes, added “Birmingham is leading the way in equalities by providing all its schools with LGBT training that is accessible to all teachers, leadership teams, parents, governors and council employees. Our young people's compositions, poems and performances are evidence of the positive change. They are confident to be who they are without fear of discrimination”

To reserve a free ticket for the Educate and Celebrate Birmingham Schools Showcase on 26th February 6.30 - 7.30pm at Birmingham Children's Library visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/educate-and-celebrate-birmingham-showcase-26th-february-2014-tickets-5118533672?ref=estw or contactelly@ellybarnes.com

Click here for full details of the day http://www.ellybarnes.com/2014/01/birmingham-showcase-2014/

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