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Join the crew or rock the boat?
by Andrew Dobbin
LGBT History Month
Learning Objectives:
LO1 - Learn diversity among different races, cultures, abilities, disabilities, gender, age and sexual orientation and the impact of stereotyping (inc. LGBT ) prejudice, bullying, discrimination on individuals (KS3)
LO2 - Learn about the unacceptability of discrimination, and the need to challenge it in the workplace (KS4)
LO3 - Learn how to respond when being discriminated against and their responsibilities towards others experiencing discrimination (KS3)
LO4 - Learn about harassment and how to manage this (including the workplace) (KS4)
LO5 - Learn about confidentiality in the workplace, when it should be kept and when it might need to be broken (KS4)
By the end of this lesson:
ALL of you will learn the effects of stereotyping and prejudice on an individual.

MOST of you will recognise workplace discrimination and/or harassment and know some strategies to deal with it.

SOME of you will understand the need for workplace-related legislation (law) and your own intersectionality.
Starter Activity:
‘They shouldn’t talk about homosexuality in primary school. The children are innocent.’
Are they really?
Listen to Tony Fenwick, CEO of Schools OUT UK describe his first days in primary school, aged 7
Why is it so important to talk about LGBT lives and homophobia so young?
What happens if we don’t?
Michael Causer
Ian Baynham

Michael Causer, 18, from Whiston, Liverpool was murdered on 25 July 2008. As he slept in an upstairs bedroom at an after-pub party, he was viciously assaulted and his bleeding body dumped outside in the street.

Nine days later, his family took the heart-breaking decision to turn off his life-support system but vowed that whoever had assaulted him would be brought to justice. “We won’t let Micky be pushed aside because he was gay, never in a million years,” they vowed.

His family believe he was the victim of a homophobic attack, although a judge said he did not think it was the motive of his killer, James O'Connor, who was 19 when he committed the murder.

O’Connor was jailed for life for Mr Causer's murder by Liverpool Crown Court in 2009. He was told he must serve a minimum of 11 years.

He admitted attacking Michael but denied in court that it was a homophobic attack.

Ian Baynham, 62, of Beckenham, south-east London, was assaulted in Trafalgar Square in September 2009.

He was punched by Joel Alexander, 20, and then repeatedly stamped on by Ruby Thomas, 19, as he lay unconscious. Mr Baynham died 18 days after the assault in central London.

The Old Bailey jailed Thomas and Alexander for seven and six years respectively in 2011.

Former public schoolgirl Thomas, of Anerley, south-east London, hurled obscene abuse at Mr Baynham, a civil servant, during the drink-fuelled assault.

The court heard she swore and screamed "faggots", and smiled as she "put the boot into" the victim after he was knocked to the ground by Alexander.

Judge Richard Hawkins increased Thomas's sentence from six years to seven years because of the homophobic nature of the attack.

Michael and Ian
were killed by people who were still in, or who had just left, the UK education system.
Michael was still in the education system.
Teaching diversity is about saving lives.
‘Oh that’s so gay’
discrimination and harassment in the workplace

Fortunately, cases like Michael Causer and Ian Baynham are rare and getting rarer.

However, low-level ‘casual’ homophobia (and racism, sexism, disablism and ageism – remember everyone is part of one minority or more; they all intersect) is sadly still common amongst people who left school in the days before an inclusive curriculum.

All forms of discrimination are equally unpleasant and unwelcome and should be dealt with effectively, where they occur.

But how?
How do I let my colleagues know if they’re behaving unacceptably, and support people with a protected characteristic?
What should your employer be doing?
How can they help if you experience discrimination, harassment or victimisation?
If informal methods aren’t working, you should always report incidents to the company Human Resources (HR) department
Try to resolve disagreements informally first before resorting to formal methods. All actions have consequences.
What might the consequences of reporting a homophobic (or otherwise discriminatory) incident be?
a) Research what is meant by direct and indirect discrimination at work
b) Research what is meant by a ‘hate crime’
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