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Role Model Stories: LGBT+ storytelling streaming service

Our Role Model Stories service provides teachers with rental access to LGBT+ storytelling videos and downloadable lesson plans, which compliment each video's role model message, to bring a taste of our face-to-face workshops to every classroom worldwide.

The unique and powerful messages our role models share in these exclusive video resources allow teachers anywhere to educate about LGBT+ identities, the impact of bullying and how to embrace difference and include everyone.

Covering a range of topics, each video comes with a bespoke resource created for teachers to confidently facilitate these lessons and show these videos in the classroom to students from Year 7 and above. Each resource will have suggested year groups. However, teachers are encouraged to review the video and all materials for suitability before using them in the classroom.

The resource for teachers contains:

  • Discussion questions and activities
  • Challenge questions and activities
  • Extension ideas
  • Further resources, support and guidance
  • A glossary of useful terms
  • Curriculum links

How to use these videos

These videos and lessons plans are available on our Vimeo on Demand channel. The videos are available for streaming only (unavailable for download) on a rent-to-view basis. This means you can rent the videos for a set fee with unlimited access/plays for up to 3 months. The lesson plans can be downloaded to keep free of charge, but access to the paired video is necessary for full support.

Season 2 available now!

Below are samples and summaries of the stories from season two available now.

 

Didi talks about feeling like she did not see anyone like her when she was growing up.  She talks about her family and why she and her partner decided to adopt.  She describes the adoption process and how her family may be different in many ways, but they are just another family who love and care for each other. (S2, E1)

Learning Objective:

Students will examine and discuss different family types. They will use activities to recognise core similarities within all families. They will examine and describe intersectionality and how that relates to Didi’s story. Students will investigate the historical shift in social attitudes towards LGBT+ families.

For Year 7 and above.

This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Gubs discusses the homophobic bullying people faced at school for not conforming to gender stereotypes and the assumptions his family had that he would marry a woman and follow a certain course in life. He discusses the challenges he faced in coming out to his family and how he and his husband have now been accepted by his family. (S2, E2)

Learning Objective: Students will examine the negative consequences of stereotyping and assumptions. Students will investigate the challenges someone may face in coming out to friends and family. Students will categorise different types of pressures and expectations and evaluate the importance of being true to yourself.

For Year 9 and above.

This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Holly shares her story about coming out as a transgender woman and how she didn’t get the support she needed to live as her true self until later in life. She describes coming out to her parents at 14 but then not talking about it again until much later. She eventually came out to her then girlfriend who supported her to come out to others in her life. She now lives in London and is married to her wife and is living the life she dreamed she’d be able to live. (S2, E3)

Learning Objective: Students will be able to explain what it means to be transgender and define gender identity, sex assigned at birth, sexual orientation and gender expression. Students will be able to reflect on what support someone may need if they wanted to come out.

For Year 9 and above.

This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Olivette talks about growing up as a Black Lesbian at a time when the LGBT+ community had fewer rights. She discusses being inspired by the events of the Stonewall Uprising in June of 1969 and Black feminist movements. She talks about her experiences of intersectionality (see definitions) as a Black LGBT+ woman facing homophobia, sexism and racism at different points in particular ways. She also discusses her Christian faith. Olivette covers “coming out” or telling people around her that she is LGBT+. She talks about how it was a gradual process for her and mentions comments from her mother that suggest that sexuality, to her mother, was perhaps more fluid. (S2, E4)

Learning Objective: Students will be able to explain the challenges faced by LGBT+ people who have intersectional identities, such as ethnicity, faith and gender. Students will be able to describe a key event in LGBT+ history, the Stonewall Uprising, and discuss its significance in the ongoing campaign for LGBT+ rights.

For Year 9 and above.

This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Chico shares his story of feeling different at school and not feeling as though he could be his true self because of homophobic bullying and language. He talks about finding a space where he could be himself when he joins a youth orchestra where he is accepted for who he is. (S2, E5)

Learning Objective: Students will be able to describe the impact of homophobic bullying and language, such as using phrases like “that’s so gay.” Students will explain how homophobic bullying can cause people to hide their true self and what impact this can have on someone’s quality of life.

For Year 7 and above.

This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Jude talks about her family and who is part of that family. She shares some of the activities they like to do together. She also explains that her and her wife both work for the NHS and how that organisation values diversity within their workforce. Jude also talks about growing up feeling different to others and how finding other people who felt the same as her had a positive impact on her life.

Learning Objective: Students will examine and discuss different family types. They will use activities to recognise core similarities within all families.

For Key Stage 2 and above.

This video is subtitled in English (UK).

Season One is also available!

 

Simeon shares his story of growing up as a gay Christian from a Jamaican background. He explores the challenges of balancing different aspect of his identity, intersectionality and his journey coming out to his family. 

Learning objective: Students will describe the importance of respecting the many different aspects of our identities. Students will examine the concept of intersectionality and evaluate its utility in discussing equality issues.

For Year 7 and above. This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Mon shares their experiences of how they did not fit gendered expectations growing up. They describe how important having language and terms to describe yourself is and that how we label ourselves can change. They discuss how societal attitudes towards people who do not fit expected stereotypes can be negative and hurtful.

Learning objective:  Students will examine non-binary identities and discuss how having the language to describe ourselves comfortably is important and will recognise that those labels may change. Students will investigate how labelling people based on gender stereotypes is incorrect and hurtful.

For Year 9+. This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Richy shares his story of experiencing homophobic bullying whilst at school because of not conforming to male gender stereotypes. He later reveals that he is straight and highlights that Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying can affect anyone. He points out that some of the bullying was from teachers as well as other pupils, showing that tackling HBT bullying needs a whole school focus.

Learning objective: Students will be able to explain how homophobic bullying can affect someone's wellbeing and will be able to recognise how it can impact people who are not LGBT+ as well. 

For Year 7 to 9. This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Vicky Jane explains how she felt different from an early age and did not fit the expectations others had of her. She was bullied because of this, both in school and the workplace. She speaks about having taken part in the bullying of another student at school and being deeply ashamed of that, she realised the boy being bullied used some of the same self-depreciating behaviours to protect himself as she did. Her mental health suffered as a consequence of the bullying and also due to having to hide her identity. Vicky Jane ends by talking about coming out and how sharing that with anyone shows a great deal of trust in the person it is shared with.

Learning objective:  Students will examine what being transgender means and recognise the importance of using someone’s preferred name and pronouns. They will investigate the negative impact to mental health that being the victim of bullying can have.

For Year 9+. This video is subtitled in English (UK).

 

Simon shares his personal story about how he struggled to come out as gay because he didn’t feel he related to any of the stereotypes of gay men he saw in society. He discusses the impact this had on his life and how he found the courage to come out after meeting his now husband.

Learning objective: Students will define stereotypes and analyse why they can be harmful. Students will examine why it’s important to create an LGBT+ inclusive school environment and appraise how LGBT+ rights have changed over recent decades.

For Year 7 to 9. This video is subtitled in English (UK).

Barry shares his story of growing up when anti-LGBT+ laws created a challenging environment for him to be open about his identity as a gay man. He discusses the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on people who were important to him and highlights the positive impacts of being in a workplace with a strong culture of LGBT+ inclusion and the creation of Turing’s Law.

Learning objective: Students will examine why it’s important to create LGBT+ inclusive environments and appraise how LGBT+ rights have changed over recent decades. Through identifying key moments in LGBT+ history students will be able to compare the situation of an LGBT+ person now to different points in history.

For Year 9+. This video is subtitled in English (UK).

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