YEAR 9, NUMBER 3, 4 APRIL 2016


Australia forbids teaching empathy with LGBTI bullied students

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30 March 2016 - The federal government of Australia chose the National Day of Action against Bullying to present changes to the Safe Schools program. The program will be forbidden in primary schools. Exercises that create empathy with gay or lesbian students have to be deleted. These changes are forced by the Australian Christian Lobby group which maintains that empathy for minorities will hurt the sensitivities of religious students.



European teachers still hold homophobic/transphobic attitudes

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16 March 2016 - In a new report launched in the European Parliament today, the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) present survey results that show how teachers in Europe still hold negative attitudes towards LGBT people. Such unprofessional attitudes threaten the human rights of LGBT students. They also hamper the battle against discrimination and hate crime.



Senegalese student mob try to lynch student thought to be gay

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23 March 2016 - Last week, a student mob in Dakar, Senegal has tried to lynch a student they thought was gay. The crowd formed Tuesday 15 March at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. One student accused another of hitting on him in the showers. The accused student was followed by an increasingly angry mob. He fled into a bank office on campus, which is also the office of the campus security. Frightening amateur footage shows the angry mob flocking into the bank building to demand the bank staff to release the homosexual to them.



European Youth Health Report shows shocking lack of attention to LGBT youth

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28 March 2016 - Recently, the HSBC report on the health situation of youth in Europe came out. Although many reports show that LGBT youth suffer significant health risks, once again the HSBC does not give any attention to these health risks. Peter Dankmeijer, director of GALE, comments: "I am shocked that after all these years, these is still a systematic silence about sexual diversity".


GALE course delayed to end of May

31 March 2016 - On request of the participants, the European GALE training “Sexual Diversity in Schools” that was going to take place this week, has been postponed to 23-27 May. A few participants were not able to shift their schedule. As a result, there are a few places open for new participants.

More information about the training and how to register can be found here