Voices of Just Like Us

Just Like Us staff and ambassadors, educators and LGBT+ young people make up the voices of Just Like Us

Lady Rainbow leads the way (...remotely)

Alison is an LGBT+ inclusion lead and former Head of Year at Plume Academy, a large mixed school in Essex. She has been working on LGBT+ inclusion for the last three years and it’s now her sole focus. We’ve been doing this for a while at Plume. I’m so lucky to have a supportive Principal - for him, there’s no ceiling to LGBT+ inclusion. He just wants me to keep the momentum going. In my previous role as a Head of Year, I saw how some young people struggled with their sexual orientation or gender identity. It was this which made me keen to act to improve LGBT+ inclusion at Plume, which I’ve been doing now for three years - and believe me, they all know me for it now! I’ve even earned the nick

A first timer's advice? Throw yourself in!

Marie is the Head of Humanities and CPRE at Gilbert Inglefield school in Leighton Buzzard. Gilbert Inglefield is a middle school; children arrive in Year 5 and leave in Year 8. This was Gilbert Inglefield’s first year running School Diversity Week. I would describe LGBT+ education as a shock to the system for some of our young people. Unless they have travelled, they’re unlikely to have much experience of a particularly diverse society, and within our school we don’t have a huge diversity of backgrounds. Our week focused on different kinds of diversity, and we had an afternoon session in each of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act, looking at each in a meaningful way and thinki

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