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The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Research Seminar: From ‘Dangerous Education’ to the LGBT Action Plan: LGBTQI+ Lives in Social and Educational Landscapes

11th December 2019, 13:00 to 14:00, ED130, Professor Yvette Taylor, University of Strathclyde

Based on the EU funded project ‘Comparing Intersectional Lifecourse Inequalities Among 4 European Countries’ (CILIA) I will focus on educational inequalities, arguing that debates surrounding LGBTQ+-inclusive education demonstrate persistent ‘sticking points’ (Lawrence and Taylor, 2019) returned to, remembered and realised in and throughout LGBTQ+ lifecourses. While many schools engage voluntarily in new programmes and initiatives for LGBTQ+ inclusion, current controversies and accompanying media rhetoric demonstrate uneven progress, with implications for educational policy and practice. Focusing on Scotland, this paper identifies two contemporary case studies: the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) Campaign and Working Group and Supporting Transgender Young People: Guidance for Schools in Scotland developed by LGBT Youth Scotland. Drawing upon archival materials relating to Section 28/2A – legislation enacted between 1988 and 2001/2003 prohibiting the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in schools –I will critically compare these contemporary case studies, and ensuing controversies, with past rhetoric on LGBTQ+ inclusions in education. I historicise ‘new’ Equalities statements and initiatives, bringing these into conversation with key milestone anniversaries such as #50YearsAfterStonewall. In doing so, I explore the legacies, tensions and trajectories in looking back and forward across different generational cohorts’ educational experiences.

This seminar will connect to two published pieces which can be accessed in advance:

‘Dangerous Education’ Sociology

The LGBT Action Plan:

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