News & events
Thursday January 31, 2013
We recently took part in a documentary "My Secret Past" about one of our patrons, Gareth Thomas. In the programme, Gareth explored coming out as gay and attended a Diversity Role Model workshop with Suran Dickson, our CEO.
Thursday March 15, 2012
The BRIT School - Britain's only free Performing Arts and Technology School - probably isn't at the top of your list of places that needs a visit by Diversity Role Models. And you would be right, for they have a thriving LGBT group, confidential counselling for students who would like to discuss their sexuality, and a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness.
Sunday February 5, 2012
Choice around sexuality is a hot topic at the moment. Cynthia Nixon had her words blown all out of proportion by the gay media and she had to clarify that in fact, she is bisexual and has chosen to follow her feelings for her female partner. Kids often ask us 'when did you turn gay?' or 'why did you choose to be a lesbian?'.
Thursday December 8, 2011
The Department for Education must make the teaching of equality and diversity a compulsory part of the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) syllabus, says Suran Dickson, chief executive of education charity Diversity Role Models. Dickson was commenting in response to publication today by the Government Equalities Office of a Transgender Equality Action Plan, which calls on the Department for Education to consider this addition to the syllabus.
Tuesday November 15, 2011
I was lucky enough to be at the launch of Diversity Role Models last week. I was standing, in fabulous surroundings, looking around the room at all the beautiful gay people, and I thought: "Where were all these people when I was younger?" I never wanted to be a lesbian when I was growing up. Not once. I never sat in my bedroom, walls adorned with Athena posters of men gazing into the eyes of a new-born, and thought, "I wish I was a lesbian". A copywriter yes, a marine biologist once, and more often than not Madonna. But a lesbian? No. Never.
Wednesday November 2, 2011
We've often written from an adult perspective about why Diversity Role Models is needed and how it can encourage confidence in LGBT students and empathy in their peers. We asked Jess, a 16 year old college student from Manchester, about her experiences of school and why she wishes she'd had role models to help her through some difficult years.
Thursday October 13, 2011
On the weekend of the 21st October the UK's leading lesbian artists will band together at Dean Street Studios in Soho London to record a song which will help raise awareness and money for charities which work to combat homophobic bullying in young people. The L Project is gathering growing support from both gay and straight communities across the UK and beyond.