The week of LGBT (an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) was celebrated by Perry Beeches The Academy in true style. LGBT week takes place every February. It is a time to celebrate what LGBT people have done to improve the local community and highlights how LGBT people are inspirational and motivational role models. On Thursday the 6th of February, Perry Beeches were very lucky to have some special LGBT guests attend a ‘panel interview’ event where Perry Beeches students could ask questions.
Ten guests were invited to speak to students, and all had the chance to tell the students about their experiences of being LGBT. Some of the guests were very well known to the school such as: Mr Nolan (Executive Headteacher), Mr Woodall (Head of Sixth Form PBII) and Mrs Wardle (Lead Teacher, Teaching and Learning). These teachers are all very well respected and admired by students and are not treated differently. This is what makes Perry Beeches a truly amazing and diverse place to be.
Some people may have had a difficult time dealing with being LGBT, for example Mr Nolan is a very successful person and being gay has not held him back from achieving any of his goals. He commented that he had a tough time confronting his family about being gay, and sadly he went on to say that he has not seen his parents since he was nineteen. On the other hand, some parents can be very supportive – for example another guest, Sarah, explained that her parents were extremely supportive and accepting. Another guest, Gemma, said that friends can also provide support and that this can be instrumental in helping people come to terms with their sexuality.
Mr Woodall, who many students at the event knew quite well, shared his experience. He had a very good experience. He did want to inform his parents about being gay but he did not know when the right time was. His brother knew about him being gay and encouraged him to tell his parents. When he did tell his parents, they expressed that they were very proud of him.
To conclude, individuals should not care about other people’s sexuality, it is the person that is important. It would be fair to say that the event was an overwhelming success and the young people who attended developed their understanding of LGBT!
By Simran and Jack