Newham College celebrates LGBT+ History Month with lively virtual panel discussion
LGBT+ History Month in the UK was started by the education charity Schools Out UK in 2005 to raise awareness on matters affecting the LGBT+ community, promote their welfare and through education counter myths and negative stereotypes that students may have heard and believed about LGBT+ people.
2020 was a historic year as LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) was finally introduced in English schools in September after years of campaigning. By the end of 2021, LGBT-inclusive education will also be embedded in the curriculum of all Scottish schools, and by 2022, LGBT-inclusive RSE will be introduced in all Welsh schools.
In celebration of LGBT+ History Month, the enrichment team delivered an exciting virtual panel discussion to raise awareness and spotlight common LGBTQ+ experiences under the theme, "Love Who You Are!"
The panel featured five amazing guests from all walks of life including:
- NYJA – a rising afrobeat artist from East London,
- Candice Manuel – professional hockey player and an Account Manager,
- Dior Clarke – actor, director, writer (short film Batty Boy) and performer,
- Blain Ho-Shing – creator, director and writer of the short film Batty Boy and host of the podcast 2 much talk,
- Eden Sherry – Newham College alumnus, currently studying fashion at the London College of Fashion.
The discussion explored pertinent topics such as sexual identities, "coming out" experiences, and overcoming obstacles as a result of one's sexuality, race or gender identity. The panel also provided valuable advice to those who may be struggling with their sexual and gender identity and "coming out".