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Japan includes protection LGBT students in anti-bullying guidelines - March 25, 2017

25 March 2017 - The new national bullying prevention policy of Japan will for the first time protect sexual and gender minority students. The measure will boost Japan’s reputation regionally and internationally on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. (image taken from Japan's earlier policy guidebook about LGBT students, 2016)
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NESET-II report recommends to integrate anti-homophobia in anti-bullying strategies - February 04, 2017

4 February 2017 - On 23 January, the second NESET report on bullying in Europe was presented at the European parliament. The report offers an extensive analysis of anti-bullying programs and strategies on both school, community and government levels. It also includes information and sensitivity to homophobia and to other selected groups that are commonly neglected in anti-bullying strategies. The report recommends to create national committees that guide a national comprehensive anti-bullying strategy and to systematically include attention for discrimination and homophobia. This article offers a summary and highlights the anti-homophobia aspects.
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Brazil launches sexual diversity education award - February 02, 2017

2 February 2017 - The Brazilian organization “Dignidade” has founded an award for educational projects on sexual diversity. The Education Prize for Respect for Sexual Diversity aims to recognize, value and encourage the promotion of respect for sexual diversity in the educational environment in Brazil.The idea for the award developed by Dignidade in cooperation with GALE and is organized by the Brazilian Institute of Sexual Diversity – IBDSEX.
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LGBTI movement concerned about government taking over safer schools program - January 01, 2017

1 January 2016 - The LGBTI movement of the Australian State Victoria have raised concerns over the state government’s recent decision to take over the Safe Schools program and critically review it. The concern is based on serious grounds because under political pressure to get rid of the positive content about LGBTI issues, the government has been very critical of the program this year.
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The Netherlands strengthens her strategy towards vocational schools - September 19, 2016

19 September 2016 - The Dutch Ministry of Education decided to fund COC Netherlands, Theatre AanZ en EduDivers for another 2 years for a project to promote and integrate sexual diversity in vocational schools. This was reported by EduDivers in the third newsletter of the project.
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Eleven good practices from Europe - September 17, 2016

17 September 2016 - In June, a seminar with 20 participants from all over Europe took place in Łódź, Poland. During the 4 days of the seminar the participants shared experience, knowledge and expertise on the topic, using experiential learning and non-formal methodology.
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Half of Scottish teachers did not read government guidance on LGBT-inclusive education - September 15, 2016

15 September 2016 - Fifty-five of Scottish teachers say they did not know or read the government guidance on LGBT-inclusive education. The research was done by TIE (Time for Inclusive Education), which campaigns for adequate implementation of anti-bullying schools policies. This week, the TIE campaign launched a report highlighting high rates of bullying, attempted suicide, self-harm and mental health issues among LGBT young people.
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Math question in UK was used to promote religious family values - September 14, 2016

14 September 2016 - The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe has asked students a math question about how many men are married to women, while adding that God only intended to have heterosexual marriages.
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Enlarging commitment for sex education in Dutch parliament failed - May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016 - Right wing parties refused to attend a sex education lesson" which was held in the Dutch parliament. The "lesson" was proposed by the Labor Party and the Socialist Party in order to get more commitment for improved sex education. But the lesson was organized in an insensitive and unacceptable way for right wing parties. It was a missed opportunity to expand sex education to include sexual assertiveness.(Image: Roelof Bisschop (Christian re-reformed party): "This "sex lesson" is presented as a banal show. Don't count me in.")
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Dutch young gay/lesbian and bisexual adults three times as often bullied in vocational schools - May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016 - A Dutch national school safety monitor showed that more than 88% of VET students and 91% of staff feel safe in their school. But gay/lesbian and bisexual students are almost three times more victims of bullying, discrimination and other forms of psychological violence. For example, 1.4% of heterosexual students are victims of vandalism, against 4.3% of gay/lesbian and bisexual students. Image: comparison between straight students, gay/lesbian en bisexual students and students who don't want to indicate their sexual preference (upper, middle and lower bars). The comparison is on (from top to bottom: total violence experienced, discrimination and bullying, threats, physical violence, sexual harassment, digital violence).
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