Nottingham High School have announced on Twitter that they will be celebrating their first ever LGBTQ+ History Month.
The School unveiled a version of Daniel Quasar’s Progress Pride Flag emblazoned with the School’s logo, as a part of a month-long campaign organised by PSHE coordinator Anna Stapleton.
During February, students will be involved with activities educating them on LGBTQ+ history, including talks from LGBTQ+ people, and explorations of different themes with the English department.
However, implementing LGBTQ+ History Month into the school’s curriculum isn’t just about educating in Michaela Smith’s opinion – it’s about respect.
Mrs Smith, one of the school’s Assistant Heads, said: “The school’s been building a culture of mutual respect and tolerance to equip the students and staff with the skills necessary to live in the modern and diverse society.
“So it’s in consonance with the school’s aims.”
The school has also committed to an ambitious diversity and inclusion strategy to underpin their desire to educate everyone who attends their school.
Mrs Smith added: “We are working to ensure that our culture is actively promoting diversity and inclusion so celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month is about our vision, our ethos, our curriculum, every aspect of our school.”
A spokesperson from Nottingham’s LGBT Network commented that education on LGBTQ+ history can help to challenge stereotypes and ignorance, often the causes of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.
They said: “Information about LGBTQ+ people helps to dispel some of that ignorance.
“LGBT+ people are still stereotyped and teaching LGBT+ History reveals how LGBT+ people do not have to conform to stereotypes.”
The Network’s spokesperson also pointed out how teaching LGBTQ+ history is no different to the teaching of heterosexual history.
“Writing about heterosexual people like Napoleon, Wagner, Picasso we don’t just confine ourselves to their work.
“We look at their relationships, their friends, their lifestyles – sexuality is an important part of their histories.
“The same is true of LGBT+ people.”