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Teachers' LGBT conference rejects racist attempts to split movement

by Debs Gwynn, Equalities Officer, St Helens NUT
Issue No. 2278

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) LGBT conference last Saturday had a raised level of political consciousness.

Teachers discussed the effect of the increase in tuition fees on young LGBT students, the devastating cuts on LGBT services and the widespread use of homophobic language in schools.

Speakers included Elly Barnes who is standing for the protected LGBT seat on the NUT National Executive next year and John Amaechi, former NBA basketball player, who spoke about homophobia in sport.

The conference voted unanimously to take a motion to the union's national conference condemning the government’s cuts and its policy of deporting LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they are likely to be persecuted or killed because of their sexuality.

It also calls on the LGBT community to reject the recent attempts by the EDL to claim to support LGBT rights at the expense of other minority groups and to work constructively with other minority groups to oppose discrimination such as Islamophobia.

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Tue 15 Nov 2011, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2278
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