On Thursday 28th February former Lib Dem MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams, visited Oasis Academy Brislington to talk to students about his personal experience of being Bristol’s first openly gay MP and his involvement in the Education and Skills Select Committee's first ever enquiry into the issue of homophobic bullying in schools.
First founded 15 years ago, LGBT History Month aims to promote equality and diversity by increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community.
As part of the academy’s commitment to developing students’ understanding and appreciation of equality and diversity, Stephen Williams spoke to every year group raising awareness of the LGBT community, the issues they have faced and the effects of homophobic bullying.
Peter Knight, Principal of Oasis Academy Brislington, commented on the talks saying; “Oasis Academy Brislington aims to foster respect and mutual understanding of everyone. Stephen Williams’ talks about being Bristol’s first openly gay MP on the last day of LGBT History Month has been great for both our students and staff. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity throughout the academy and events like these help highlight the importance of accepting others for who they are, treating everyone equally and respecting differences.”
Stephen Williams, former Lib Dem Leader for Bristol West, added; “I really enjoyed talking to students and answering their questions. It was great to hear them ask questions that simply wouldn’t have been asked when I was in school. Society is in good hands if these children are the leaders of the future.”
The Creative Youth Network also delivered a host of equality and diversity workshops to almost 200 Year 7 students.
Creative Youth Network is a registered charity based in Bristol made up of youth workers, creative professionals, volunteers and campaigners, with the aim to help all young people reach their potential and live fulfilling lives, by building secure, positive relationships based on the unique needs of each person.