(Contains mention of Long Covid experiences and suicide as well as Covid-19 fatalities) On New Year’s Eve 2019/2020 I partied (as on many previous occasions) with friends at the historic south London LGBTQ+ drinking establishment The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. On this occasion however, there was an underlying tension that manifested itself in nervous laughter and […]
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I moved to London in 2000, a naive country boy fleeing the final act of a twelve year relationship, in the hope of establishing fresh roots and a new way of being. After a number of failed attempts to ground myself socially, I was reverentially advised by a handsome Soho stranger (being new to the […]
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podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/s2-e3-shaun-dellenty-author-of-celebrating-difference/id1560726186 ‘Shaun Dellenty tells us how a pupil survey started his work in #LGBT+ inclusion & how a training programme designed to support his school went on to support 1000s of teachers in 100s of schools around the world.’ Pride & Progress podcast.
He steps into the light. Tiers of humanity swipe hardware into silent mode. Except one. He waits. With grudging compliance, she first swipes, then drops her phone between rows of plastic seats, ‘Bollocks’ The assembled crowd guffaws; the ripe expletive gifts him space to summon saliva to form words. Solidity of a microphone; clutched with […]
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1472961501/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_5pWgFbEVVX8QP RECOMMENDED BY LORD MICHAEL CASHMAN IN UK PARLIAMENT, APRIL 2019‘Essential and valuable reading for every teacher and school leader.’ Peter Tatchell ‘A huge stride towards genuine organisational change.’ Dr Joseph Hall ‘An outstanding book.’ Professor Jonathan Glazzard Celebrating Difference is an inspiring handbook for LGBT+ inclusion, aimed at all primary and secondary teachers and leaders. […]
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For many around the world June is now firmly established as ‘Pride Month,’ but what happens in learning communties when the rainbow flags get folded away? Does an inclusive ethos endure, or is a ‘diversity box’ merely ticked? In 2009 whilst working as a London primary school leader, pupil survey data revealed we had a […]
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In 2020 Twin Peaks celebrates 30 years of alluring weirdness. Contemporary culture has for thirty years now been laced with aspects of Peaks iconography; from themed dining to music and concerts, clothing lines to art exhibitions. In London Twin Peaks is never far away, with the deliciously nightmarish Lynchian inspired ‘Double R Club’ regularly selling […]
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I qualified as a primary phase class-teacher in 1996 and by 2009 I was working as a London based Deputy Headteacher. Prior to 2009, I hid my LGBT+ identity at work on a ‘need to know’ basis. A double whammy of sustained homophobic bullying and being educated in the 1980s under the toxic shadow of […]
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