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Teaching about LGBT families in schools. Civil rights education in the absence of rights: LGBT families in Italian schools Famiglie Arcobaleno, Italy. ILGA Europe Annual Conference Zagreb, 24 October 2013. Famiglie Arcobaleno: born in 2005.

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Teaching about lgbt families in schools

Teaching about LGBT families in schools

Civil rights education in the absence of rights: LGBT families in Italian schools

Famiglie Arcobaleno, Italy

ILGA Europe Annual Conference Zagreb, 24 October 2013


Famiglie arcobaleno born in 2005

Famiglie Arcobaleno: born in 2005

  • Exchange and comparisonbetweenparents and would-beparents

  • Promote a relationshipbetweenchildrenof LGBT families

TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


Numbers 2013

Numbers - 2013

  • 800 members

    • 500 women

    • 300 men

  • 260 children

  • TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Famiglie arcobaleno today

    Famiglie Arcobaleno today

    • Advocacytoobtaincivilrights

    • Promoting the visibilityofsame-sexparentfamilies

    • Exchange and comparisonbetweenparents and would-beparents

    • Promote a relationshipbetweenchildrenof LGBT families

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Rights of lgbt people and couples

    Rights of LGBT people and couples

    • No marriage

    • No civil partnership

    • No stepchildadoption

    • No adoption

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Teaching about lgbt families in schools

    RIGHTS DENIED

    LEGAL PARENT

    CO-PARENT

    PARENTS

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    No rights or obligations for the co parent

    No rights or obligations for the co-parent

    • The co-parentcannot

    • take health care decisions

    • take leaves from work for family reasons

    • pick up childrenatschool

    • vote for or be elected in the schoolcouncil

    • claimcontactorderafterseparation from partner

    • The co-parenthas no obligation to

    • sustainchildreneconomically

    • assist children

    • provideeducation

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    No rights for the children

    No rights for the children

    • Children have no right to

    • be supported financially, assisted, educated from the co-parent

    • be granted contact with the co-parent, in case of separation or death of the legal parent

    • kinship with the legal parent’s family

    • Inherit from the co-parent and from her/his family

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Equality law necessary but not sufficient

    Equality law: necessary but not sufficient

    What can betrulydonewithoutlaws?

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    How to survive without laws

    How to survive without laws

    “ How to do miracles with the support of the private law ” cit.

    Speak to the heart:

    -everyday life

    -Institutions

    -School

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Working in schools

    Working in schools

    • Starting from the school: FA was born also to help associates to deal with their kids beginning school

    • Our children’s well-being is highly dependent from the acceptance from peers and from an inclusive educational environment

    • To make our diversity visible, in a positive way

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Issues

    Issues

    • Homosexuality, LGBT parenting, denied rights

    • Prejudices and stereotypes on LGBT people and families

    • The building of one’s sexual and gender identity

    • Homophobia and bullying

    • Education to differences. Gender and family roles

    • Best practice at school

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training courses

    Training courses

    Make prejudice emerge

    Prejudice decostruction

    Operative proposals

    Kindergarten/primary school

    Intermediate/high schools

    Universities

    • introduce the new ‘non-traditional’ families;

    • deconstruct prejudices and stereotypes against LGBT parenting;

    • enhance skills to fight social exclusion and discrimination or homophobic bullying;

    • ameliorate education practice to make them really inclusive of children living in non-traditional families;

    • stimulate teachers to reflect upon best practice of welcoming and inclusion

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Methods

    Methods

    • thematic modules

    • focus group

    • team work, debate, discussion and practice on real school experiences

    • role playing, communication facilitation techniques

    • video screening

    • presentation and discussion of materials for teachers

    • materials lab, children’s textbooks and literature lab

    • Forum theatre, theatre shows

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Some training courses in italy

    Some training courses in Italy

    • The coursesfollowedthreemainlines:

    • Introduce LGBT families

    • Fighthomophobia

    • Fightstereotypes

    • Support from localinstitutions, collaboration with otherassociations, collaboration with experts and universityprofessors

    venezia

    ferrara

    torino

    bologna

    roma

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training courses bologna

    Training courses: Bologna

    • “Same-sex families in Italy – a reality of our times”.

    • Three days training. Course targeted to pedagogists, educators, personnel of game rooms and documentation centre for children

    • One day training. Course targeted to educators of kindergarten in the City of Bologna

    • “Teacher, I have two mums. And I have two dads. Get to know LGBT parenting.”

    • Course targeted to pedagogists, educators, teachers and school personnel from kindergarten to secondary school.

    • Both aimed to introduce non-traditional LGBT families, to overcome prejudice and to stimulate inclusion

    Focus: knowledge

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training courses bologna1

    Training courses: Bologna

    • “How many in the house: getting diversity training”.

    • Equal opportunity and diversity training. Fight stereotypes and their identification in children’s literature

    • 7 days training with kindergarten and primary school educators

    Focus: stereotypes

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training courses ferrara

    Training courses: Ferrara

    • Courses against homophobia in two technical high schools since 4 years.

    • 2013: “Educate to family diversity to fight homophobia”, course targeted to kindergarten and primary school teachers, social cooperatives and communities for minors educators. 150 people followed.

    Focus: homophobia

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training course torino

    Training course: Torino

    Look how many parents!

    2013: Course for 8 primary

    schools, conducted with the City

    Education Services, Famiglie

    Arcobaleno, Centro Studi Sereno

    Regis, Coordinamento Torino

    Pride LGBT

    • Introduce same-sex parent families to ease the arrival of children of lesbian mothers or gay fathers in primary school, to guarantee that they will be able to adapt to school life and to talk about their families without fearing prejudice.

    Focus: knowledge

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training course torino1

    Training course: Torino

    Stop Homophobia, Val di Susa

    Course targeted to kindergartens,

    conducted with

    Coordinamento Torino Pride

    LGBT

    Stop Homophobia, Nichelino

    Course targeted to primary

    school, conducted with

    Coordinamento Torino Pride

    LGBT, 3° edition

    Focus: homophobia

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training course roma

    Training course: Roma

    Training events in kindergarten

    and schools where there are

    rainbow children

    2011

    Two days training course targeted

    to kindergarten and primary

    school teachers. 300 people

    followed.

    Focus: knowledge

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Training course venezia

    Training course: Venezia

    Get to know LGBT families

    • 7 days training with kindergarten and primary school educators (60 people)

    • 4 modules with video screening and role playing on real ‘embarassing’ cases

    • In collaboration with professors of the Masters in ‘Minors, rights and protection’ of the University of Ferrara

    Focus: knowledge

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Lessons learnt

    Lessons learnt

    • Testimonies create empathy but are not enough. To eradicate homophobic prejudice, interaction is fundamental (role playing, etc). It is important to involve and emotionally activate the participants

    • The collaboration with university teachers, especially training experts, is very useful and provides the necessary scientific background

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

    Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights


    Fa school workgroup

    FA School Workgroup

    • The groupaims at creatinganarchiveofall training experiencesdone in theseyears (conventions, training courses, events..)

    • Prepare training and information materialsforteachersregarding LGBT parenting

    • Provide information and advices to members regarding their children entering the school (relation with teachers, essays to read..), provide support and help todevelopstrategies in criticalmoments

    TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL

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    Teaching about lgbt families in schools

    Thank you for your attention!

    www.famigliearcobaleno.org

    [email protected]

    ILGA Europe Annual Conference Zagreb, 24 October 2013


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