INTO LGBT Teachers' Group
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'.