LGBT+ language and law

This session aims to facilitate LGBT+ education in schools, giving opportunities for open and honest conversations, in turn leading to clarity on issues faced by LGBT+ community, language and its impact, help available to anyone experiencing related problems.

Workshop details

Groups identify the language they use or have heard used by people discussing LGBT+ people, places, and issues and consider whether terms are acceptable or unacceptable and why.  The historical change in language use is considered as well as the impact certain terms may have on people who identify as LGBT+. Through this work groups learn what LGBT+ means and how to communicate effectively in a discussion on LGBT+ issues, and rights.

Students go on to look at the real stories of diverse local LGBT+ people active from the 1960s to today who are represented by an object in the Museum of Liverpool’s LGBT+ collections.  Through their stories students will examine themes such as-

  • Legal Change
  • Medical ‘Cures’
  • Campaigning for Equality
  • Love and Family
  • LGBT+ Culture
  • Health

Each group is then invited to share the messages they have learned and to build up a collective understanding of the history of campaigning for equality and some of the milestones LGBT+ people have reached in achieving this. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the session young people should have increased knowledge and understanding;

  • Language – Use, impact, acceptability, pitfalls of labelling/stereotyping.
  • Law – Changes over the decades, progression, inequality throughout the UK.
  • Hate crime – Dangers to health & well-being of victims of hate crime, how to report hate crime/bullying.
  • The importance/impact of community support & campaigning for minority groups by all members of the community.

The session can contribute to the development of the following skills;

  • Through participation in debates and discussions the participants will develop their communication skills.
  • Through exposure to different perspectives participants can open their minds to ‘the bigger picture’. i.e. the impact that homophobia and prejudice  can have on the individual/family/community/society.

The session may have an impact on attitudes and values;

  • As a result of different viewpoints presented, participants may reconsider their own views on a number of topics e.g. social inequality, marriage laws, gay rights.
  • As a result of knowledge gained participants may make more informed choices about who to talk to regarding any concerns they have about sexuality/gender/sexual health.

Enjoyment, inspiration, creativity;

  • Many participants will be surprised to find out some of the facts and figures regarding the impacts of legislation on the LGBT+ community, possibly championing these causes in the future.