School Diversity Week masterclasses

What are the masterclasses?

Our masterclasses are an unique educational opportunity to learn about a range of exciting topics from the experts. 

Our experts will be hosting masterclasses that will spark your interest and develop your understanding in a range of subjects – from poetry and history to faith and economics.

Each of the masterclass experts will be answering young people's questions at the end of their sessions.

These masterclasses are run by Just Like Us as part of School Diversity Week – primary schools, secondary schools and colleges can sign up for free to celebrate.

Who are the masterclasses for?

This year, during School Diversity Week on 21-25 June, we will have masterclasses suitable for all ages from primary to secondary school. We will clearly outline the target age group for each workshop, and parents and carers are welcome to watch along with your young people.

How can I watch?

Our masterclasses will be streamed 'live' on Facebook and will also be watchable on this page in case you prefer not to use social media. All of our masterclasses are free to watch.

The masterclasses will be captioned. If you have any accessibility questions, please get in touch.

Monday 21 June: LGBT+ history
Tuesday 22 June: Changing society
Wednesday 23 June: Faith and being LGBT+
Thurs 24 June: Being your authentic self
Friday 25 June: Family and connections

12:30-13:05 Museum of London: How has London's LGBT+ community used clothing to explore identity?

12:30-13:25 Evan Davis: What are the secrets of happiness according to economists?

12:30-13:00 Tawseef Khan: What does Islam say about sexual orientation and gender identity?

12:30-13:20 Erin Ekins: What does it mean to be queerly autistic and proud?

14:00-14:55 Alexander Leon: How has the UK impacted LGBT+ life around the world?

14:00-14:45 Natasha Devon: How can I campaign effectively?

14:00-14:45 Rabbi Anna Posner: What does Judaism say about sexual orientation and gender identity?

14:00-15:00 Asifa Lahore: How do I figure out who I am?

14:00-14:35 Matthew and Ryan: How can I be myself online, and stay safe?

15.30-16:10 Paul Baker: What was Britain’s secret gay language and why don’t we use it anymore?

15:30-16:20 Lord Michael Cashman: How have LGBT+ rights changed in the UK?

15:30-16:30 Interfaith panel: Can you be a person of faith and LGBT+?

15:30-16:10 Kate Moross: How do you make a career from creativity?

15:30-16:10 Juliet Jacques: How do we tell our stories?

Our masterclasses in 2021

Tawseef Khan with What does Islam say about sexual orientation and gender identity?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

Tawseef Khan is a solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law and a human rights activist with over ten years of experience working on refugee and Muslim issues. He is the author of 'The Muslim Problem: Why We're Wrong About Islam and Why it Matters.'

Schools can access this masterclass by contacting us.

Asifa Lahore with How do I figure out who I am?

 

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

 

Asifa Lahore is Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen and speaks about what it means to be LGBT+, South Asian and Muslim. 

Find out more and watch here.

Lord Michael Cashman with How have LGBT+ rights changed in the UK?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

A former actor, founder of Stonewall and MP, Lord Michael Cashman is also the author of One of Them. 

Find out more and watch here.

Erin Ekins with What does it mean to be queerly autistic and proud?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

Erin Ekins is the author of 'Queerly Autistic: The Ultimate Guide for LGBTQIA+ Teens on the Spectrum', exploring what it’s like to be LGBT+ and autistic.

Find out more and watch here.

Rabbi Anna Posner with What does Judaism say about sexual orientation and gender identity?

 

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

Rabbi Anna Posner studied at Leo Baeck College, she is a lesbian and the rabbi of LGBT+ inclusive synagogue Beit Klal Yisrael in London as well as Norwich Liberal Jewish Community. She is also chaplain to progressive students in the UK and Ireland.

Find out more and watch here.

Alexander Leon with How has the UK impacted LGBT+ life around the world?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 16

Alexander Leon is a writer and campaigner focused on LGBT+ rights, anti-racism and mental health. He is part of LinkedIn’s Changemakers campaign and works with businesses on intersectional inclusion.

Find out more and watch here.

Ruby Almeida with Can you be a person of faith and LGBT+? 

Suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16

Ruby Almeida is a lecturer and a campaigner for LGBT+ equality. Born in Rajasthan in India, Ruby moved to England when she was 11. She is the Co-Chair of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics.

Find out more and watch here.

Ludovic Zahed with Can you be a person of faith and LGBT+?
                                           
Suitable for pupils aged 11
 to 16

Ludovic Zahed is an openly gay Imam and is the founder of the first European inclusive mosque, located in Paris.

Find out more and watch
here.

Rachel Mann with Can you be a person of faith and LGBT+?

Suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16

Canon Rachel Mann is a Church of England priest and is the author of ‘Dazzling Darkness’, a memoir about growing up trans.

Find out more and watch here.

Evan Davis with What are the secrets of happiness according to economists?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

Economist Evan Davis has appeared on Dragons Den and is the main presenter of the BBC2 current affairs show, Newsnight.

Find out more and watch here.




 

Natasha Devon with How can I campaign effectively?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

 

Natasha Devon MBE is a writer and LBC presenter, raising awareness on mental health, body image, gender and inequality.

Find out more and watch here.

Museum of London with How has London's LGBT+ community, past and present, used clothing to explore identity?

Suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16

The Museum of London documents the history of the UK's capital city from prehistoric to modern times.

 

Find out more and watch here.

Paul Baker with What was Britain’s secret gay language and why don’t we use it anymore?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

Professor of English Language at Lancaster University, Paul Baker is the author of 'Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language'.

Matthew and Ryan with How can I be myself online, and stay safe?

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18
 
Matthew and Ryan are UK-based content creators with over three million followers online. Focusing on spreading love, laughter and positivity, they aim to normalise same-sex relationships.

Find out more and watch here.

Juliet Jacques with How do we tell our stories?                                        

Suitable for pupils aged 14 to 18

Writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques teaches at the Royal College of Art and is the author of 'Trans: A Memoir'.

Find out more and watch here.

Aries Moross with How do you make a career from creativity?

Suitable for pupils aged 11 to 16

Aries Moross is a creative director, illustrator and designer. Moross began their career in 2007, illustrating hand drawn flyers for London’s independent music scene, and in 2008, established a vinyl only record label. Keen to expand their practice and build a team, they founded Studio Moross in 2012.

Find out more and watch here.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about our masterclasses or taking part in School Diversity Week, please get in touch.

Watch our masterclasses from 2020

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26/06/2020 at 12:00 (ages 11-16)

Travis Alabanza with 'I AM, how to get creative with you as the source'

 

 

 

Travis Alabanza is an award winning theatre maker, writer and performer. Their work has featured in the BBC, Guardian, Independent , Metro and more - and their recent theatre show Burgerz won the Total Theatre Fringe award 2019.

In this masterclass, Travis will be talking about their creative process and how you can turn your life story into a piece of theatre.

Follow-on activity: Poetry

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22/06/2020 at 14:30 (ages 8-13)

Coronavirus - all your questions answered with Dr Ranj

 

 

                                                              Dr. Ranj is a NHS Paediatrician, TV presenter and author. He’s been on the front line during the pandemic and seen first hand the impact coronavirus has had, and what we can all do to stop it. He also supports the work of several LGBT+ charities and organisations, including Just Like Us, to improve the lives of LGBT+ young people. 

Dr. Ranj will be helping you to understand the coronavirus and answer any questions you might have.

Follow-on activity: Q&As

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22/06/2020 at 12:00 (ages 14-16)

In conversation with Lady Phyll

 

 

 

 

 

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, widely known as Lady Phyll, is the executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride. Lady Phyll has over 20 years’ experience as an LGBTQ+ rights activist and anti-racism campaigner. She is the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, and also a patron for Albert Kennedy Trust; Diva Magazine columnist, and public speaker focusing on race, gender, sexuality and class. She is named as one of the top 5 on the World Pride Power list. 


Lady Phyll will be talking about activism and the importance of recognising diversity.

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23/06/2020 at 12:00 (ages 11-16)

25/06/2020 at 14:30 (ages 3-5)

Fox and Owl on 'film-makingand 'Let's read Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl'

 

 

Fox and Owl Fisher are writers, filmmakers and activists. They are a non-binary trans couple who together advocate for trans rights and co-run the My Genderation film project. Between them, hey have contributed articles to a number of British newspapers, including The Guardian and The Independent, as well as to the lesbian magazine DIVA. They also co-authored the book Trans Teen Survival Guide, published in 2018.

 

Their secondary masterclass will help you learn about film-making from home.

 

In their primary masterclass, they'll be reading 'Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl' for you.

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23/06/2020 at 14:30 (ages 4-11)

LGBT+ essentials with Olly Pike

 

 

Olly Pike is the director of Pop'n'Olly -a LGBTQ+ 'Edutainment' resource for children, parents, carers and primary teachers. Olly has written and illustrated six inclusive children's books which, along with his YouTube videos, are being used in primary schools across the UK and beyond, to help teach about equality and diversity.  His #KennyLives campaign aims to put a copy of his latest book in every single UK primary school.​

In his masterclass, not only will Olly be answering your questions but he will tell you all about what the word LGBT+ means, and the history of the Rainbow Flag 

Follow-on activity: Goldilocks and the Bear Families

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23/06/2020 at 15:30 (ages 14-16)

In conversation with Linda Riley

 

 

Since coming out at the age of 15, Linda Riley has been campaigning for the rights of the LGBTQI community as an outstanding activist.

One of only two British directors of US based LGBT campaign group GLAAD, Linda is a patron of Action Breaks Silence and Diversity Role Models a LGBT anti-bullying charity. A publishing professional with over 20 years experience, Linda Riley has gone on to become the publisher behind DIVA magazine - Europe’s leading magazine for LGBTQI women. 

In this masterclass, she'll talk about the history of DIVA, why she put it together and the importance of trans inclusion.

Follow-on activity: Role Models

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22/06/2020 at 15:30 (ages 14-16)

Sabah Choudrey on 'Gender Diversity'

Reluctant activist on most things trans, brown and hairy. Co-founder of Trans Pride Brighton in 2013, and proud trans youth worker since 2014. Public speaker, shy writer and psychotherapist in training. Top three passions right now: carving out spaces for queer and trans people of colour, making friends with cats, and taking selfies from bad angles.

This masterclass will talk about gender diversity. You'll learn all about different gender identities, why they matter and Sabah will tell their own story.

Follow-on activity: Gender Unicorn

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24/06/2020 at 14:30 (ages 8-11)

25/06/2020 at 12:00 (ages 11-16)

Dan Vo on 'Love in art' and 'What art history can tell us about ourselves'

Dan Vo is a media producer and museum professional. He has developed LGBTQ+ tours for several museums in the UK, most notably the V&A Museum. He promotes diversity, equality and inclusion in the UK museum sector as a patron of LGBT+ History Month and Stonewall BAME Role Model.

 

Dan's first masterclass will help you learn about how LGBT+ people use art to express themselves. 

 

In his second, he'll talk about how LGBT+ people have used art to tell their stories, sometimes when they couldn't do so openly.

Follow-on activity: Love in art

Follow-on activity: What art history can tell us about ourselves

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24/06/2020 at 15:30 (ages 13-16)

Emily Lavinia on 'How we tell our stories and stay safe online'

Influencer and blogger Emily Lavinia  explores what it's like to navigate online spaces as an LGBT person, how to build your presence and be true to yourself, without putting yourself at risk. The online world gives us an opportunity to hear voices that have previously been harder to find.

 

Emily's masterclass will discuss how we tell our stories while staying safe online.

Follow-on activity: Mindfulness

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24/06/2020 at 12:00 (ages 14-16)

26/06/2020 at 14:30 (ages 8-11)

Sacha Coward on 'Gender and sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome' and 'Myths and Legends'

 

 

 

 

Sacha Coward has a decade's worth of experience in making museums exciting and welcoming spaces for everyone. He is passionate about LGBTQ+ history, and has given talks and tours on subjects such as the queer backstory to The Little Mermaid and LGBTQ+ characters in videogames.

Sacha's first masterclass will help you learn about how gender and sexuality were viewed by two ancient cultures - the Greeks and Romans!

His second is a story time of brilliant LGBT+ myths and legends.

Follow-on activity: Gender and sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

Follow-on activity: Myths and legends

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26/06/2020 at 15:30 (ages 11-16)

 

Ben Hunte on 'Finding your Voice: it's up to you'

 

 

 

 

 

 

A journalist and presenter, Ben Hunte is the BBC's first LGBT Correspondent, reporting on stories surrounding sexuality and gender. Ben’s digital films have been seen by millions, with topics ranging from men feeling “too ugly” to be gay, to racism within the LGBT dating scene. As one of the BBC's youngest correspondents, Ben’s journalism has already been nominated for awards, including by the Royal Television Society, PinkNews and British LGBT Awards. 

Ben's masterclass will introduce young people to some simple tips for building confidence.

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25/06/2020 at 15:30 (ages 14-16)

Cedric Tan on 'The evolution of same-sex behaviour in animals'

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedric is a lecturer in biology at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford. His passion for the arts and education drives his constant pursuit of novel and exciting ways of mixing science and arts both to engage people with science.

In this masterclass, Cedric explores same-sex relationships between animals to help you understand how often they occur, why they might happen and to highlight some famous examples.

Follow-on activity: Q&A

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