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Could do Better if tried Harder

Education for all: Experts debate the failure of schools to provide relevant sex and relationships eduction for LGBT pupils

My sole memory of sex education is learning the apparently vital life skill of how to put a condom on a banana. While it’s great that so many pieces of fruit are practising safe sex, I’m not even sure how many straight women have ever had to sheath one of their five-a-day. As a teenage lesbian, this particular parlour game was irrelevant to my personal development. The lesson was made all the more ironic because at that time, whenever we got the chance, me and my best female friend would sneak off to secretly snog each other in the PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) room.

In that one painfully inadequate but undeniably fruity sex ed class, there was no discussion of same-sex relationships, bisexual identities or trans issues, yet the all-girls school I attended (I know, jackpot right?) turned out to be a breeding ground for lesbians and bi women, as most schools are – we’re here, we’re queer, please stop ignoring our Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) needs.

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This month’s cover features some of the movers and shakers on the first ever DIVA Power List as voted for you. Also in this issue… Black History Month: Inspirational women who deserve to be remembered Vicky Beeching on keeping the faith after coming out as lesbian BBC newsreader Jane Hill is feeling blue post-Rio Phyll Opoku-Gyimah speaks to lesbian and bi asylum seekers Heather Peace takes on gendered toy manufacturers Kesiena Boom: Why Theresa May is bad news for lez/bi women Is sex education in schools fit for purpose? Roxy Bourdillon finds out How to deal with homophobic micro-aggressions in the workplace Interviews with Sarah Walk, Cheryl Dunye, Rebekah Staton and Roxane Gay. PLUS: travel, family and much, much more!
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