On 14 June, Mary Creagh MP attended a special event in Parliament to mark UK School Diversity Week.
UK School Diversity Week - launched by the charity Just Like Us - is the UK’s biggest celebration of LGBTQ+ diversity in education.
The event was hosted by ITV political correspondent Paul Brand in the Speaker’s apartments, with MPs, volunteers and partner schools attending.
Throughout UK School Diversity Week, 20-24 June, thousands of pupils and teachers around the country held non-uniform days. #DressforDiversity is a visual way schools can celebrate diversity and tolerance in education and send a message of schools' commitment to combatting homophobia and supporting LGBTQ+ pupils as part of the PSHE syllabus.
Stonewall’s Teachers’ and School Reports (2012 & 2014) highlight how much work there is still to be done to improve life for young LGBT school pupils:
- 2 in 5 contemplate suicide
- 1 in 2 self-harm
- 9 in 10 hear homophobic remarks at school
- 6 in 10 have experienced homophobic bullying
- young LGBT people are three times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers
Following the event, Mary said: “I was delighted to be able to join this celebration of LGBTQ+ diversity in our schools. It was moving to hear from pupils about the fantastic work schools are carrying out to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students. We have a long way to go before we overcome stigma towards LGBTQ+ people, and I will be urging Wakefield schools to adopt best practice so that all children can grow up knowing that it doesn’t matter who they love.”