INTO LGBT Teachers' Group
Cork Meeting @ The Maldron Hotel, Cork, 2pm on Saturday, March 10th.
New members are always welcome, so encourage LGBT colleagues and friends to come along. Meeting will start at 2pm and should last for about an hour followed by a coffee and catch up afterwards.
Please have any items you'd like to add to the agenda to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 7th @ 5pm.
That evening at 8pm there will be a group dinner somewhere in Cork city centre. If you're joining us for the meal please let us know ASAP on email@example.com.
Different Families, Same Love Competition
Closing Date: 5pm, March 30th
This competition is designed to celebrate the diversity of people and families in Ireland and to address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools. Join us in creating a positive school climate that fosters respect and acceptance of all family structures.
Why not make a World Book Day themed entry for the Different Families Same Love competition and be in with a chance to win iPads, books and more? There are loads of wonderful and inclusive story books out there which celebrate different family types! You could write us a book review of 'King and King', or design some wedding outfits for 'Mom and Mum are getting Married' or do some artwork inspired by 'And Tango Makes Three'. Look at our attached list of books and see where your imagination takes you!
Please share the competition details to your teacher mates, colleagues, etc. All participating teachers will automatically be entered into a draw to win a €100 One-4-All voucher.
All information is available here.
A new competition 'Different Families, Same Love' has been launched. Click here for further info.
In May 2017, the group ran a competition to celebrate International Family Equality Day and International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). In conjunction with IFED Europe, the theme was ‘Love Makes a Family’.
Families are central to the formation of children’s identity and are the primary lens through which they view their world. It is vitally important for all children to see their families represented in the course of their lessons in school. It is also essential to create a positive school climate that fosters respect and acceptance of all family structures. The ‘Love Makes a Family’ competition aimed to encourage schools to create positive school climates that foster respect and acceptance of all family structures, to celebrate the diversity of students and their families and to address homophobic and transphobic bullying in primary schools.
The competition saw a huge number of beautiful and creative entries, including poetry, drama, stories, artwork, writing, posters, songs and music videos. The judges were really impressed by the work that teachers and classes had put into each project and by the ways in which the children engaged with the message of family equality, the diverse and creative ways they chose to represent different family types and the way students shared their work with other classes in their school, at home with their families and with the wider community.
The standard was very high and the winning entries were very impressive. You can see some of the entries in the ‘Love Makes a Family’ Album on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/INTOLGBTeachersGroup).
The winning schools were:
Senior (3rd-6th Class)
D7 ETNS, Co Dublin (Orlaith’s 5th Class)
Castaheaney ETNS, Co Dublin (Fiona’s 5th Class)
St Brigid’s, Moate, Co Westmeath (2nd/3rd Class)
Ballyfeeney NS, Co Roscommon (5th/6th Class)
CBS Primary Tralee (2nd Class)
Holywell ETNS, Co Dublin (Sylvia’s Junior Infants)
Holywell ETNS, Co Dublin (Rian’s 1st Class)
Shellybanks ETNS (Maura’s 1st Class)
Group members Ciara Fagan and Cecelia Gavigan presented a stand the the Féilte Festival of Teaching and Learning in the RDS entitled 'School for All: Positive Representation of LGBT Students and Families'.
Cecelia also recounted the story of the development of the 'Different Families, Same Love' poster resource as part of the 'Showcase Stories'.