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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

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

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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

Civilrightseducation in the absence of rights

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Thank you for your attention!

www.famigliearcobaleno.org

[email protected]

ILGA Europe Annual Conference Zagreb, 24 October 2013

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