Busting the Myths on LGBTQ Education in Schools

This week, the BBC aired a short documentary about the recent protests outside schools in Birmingham, whereby parents – from primarily Muslim background – are protesting about children being taught about different families and relationships; including but not exclusive to LGBTQ families.

The programme was a difficult watch, and for me, as someone who is now so used to ignorance and hatred, the most challenging part was watching how staff members at the schools involved are dealing with this. These protests are now happening daily and they don’t appear to be stopping, despite so-called injunctions now being in place at certain schools.

The lessons – also under the name of the ‘No Outsiders’ project – were even recently halted to allow various groups the opportunity to share their “views” and consult with teaching staff, however no sooner after the lessons were re-introduced, after the consultation, the protests began again.

I wish I could predict lottery numbers as well as the way I can predict the actions of bigots and the ignorant. I’d be rich before I knew it. 

But the thing is, a common pattern throughout these protests is the information (or more-so, MIS-information) being fed to parents about the lessons, and as we all know; ignorance stems from fear. Fear of the unknown. On top of that, you also have deep-rooted homophobia which is being covered up as religious freedom and legitimate debate (It’s not. It’s just homophobia).

So with this in mind, here’s my guide to what these lessons are actually all about.

Let’s start at the beginning:

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Strictly Bricks: Lego Compatible Bricks and Baseplates [AD – Review]

This month, we were recently sent some items from Strictly Bricks – a new STEM toy founded in 2014 that encourages children to learn and create using the power of construction.

T’s reached a wonderful age where he really enjoys building and creating “masterpieces”, and has a bounty of Lego in his room, but these sets can come at a cost, so when we were invited to try out an alternative we were keen to see how they compared.

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Our Top List of LGBTQ Blogs and Influencers in the UK (SO FAR!)

It’s not an exaggeration when I say that I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I have seen an LGBTQ person or family feature in a brand campaign. I’m not talking about your big adverts like Gillete or IKEA (although they’re still very welcome!) or famous LGBTQ celebrities, I’m talking about families like mine  – people like me – in local campaigns. LGBTQ Blogs.

We’re simply too divisive or not as “popular” because we’re a bit niche. But the thing is, it’s because we’re a bit niche that we’re actually incredibly valuable. We’re a peek into what society really looks like today and we’re your way into making yourself more diverse and inclusive.

With this in mind, over the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time increasing the visibility of families like mine and, in general, people like me. Online and in the media. I’ve challenged brands that aren’t up to scratch – both publicly and via email – and I’ve had really productive conversations with those in control of connecting influencers and bloggers with brands, asking why members of the LGBTQ community aren’t being put forward or represented.

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Revisiting Memories with Nixplay Seed [AD – Review]

By now you’re probably aware that we love taking photos. Our instagram is full of them because we also love to share them. From recording milestones to family holidays to moments that are too precious to forget, we want to remember them all – even more so as parents.

As two mums who are likely only ever going to have “the one” we are acutely aware that something that T does now may not happen again next week, so capturing those faces, for example, are priceless, as they’ll be gone before we know it. It’s not long now before he starts school so we’re soaking up as much as we can.

As a family who likes to share certain memories and display them proudly you can imagine that photo-frames breed like rabbits in our house, and they do, but over the past few years the space in which to store them has not. So we needed some help, and Nixplay have done just that.

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Our Holiday to Corfu, Greece 2019

Last week saw us take our first ever family holiday abroad – with Corfu in Greece as our destination of choice. We’d never been to the country, and seeing as I’m an eighth Greek (and proud of it!) we thought we’d pay Greece a visit. This follows on from Sharon winning some travel vouchers at work, so we wanted to make the most out of it! Our other option was Amsterdam, but I’m so glad we chose Greece.

Arriving on Wednesday, we had a gorgeous 6 nights and 5 days in the sun – although it still wasn’t long enough in my eyes. We knew before arriving that the Island was relatively small with little opportunity to travel further afield outside of our resort and local towns, so we readied ourselves for some serious sunbathing!

As well as treating ourselves to some summer clothing – some of which was also kindly gifted* recently by JD Williams  – we were ready for some Vitamin D.

Here’s what we got up to:

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Days Out: WWT Wetland Centre, Arundel [AD – Press Visit]

Last weekend we were invited to the WWT Wetland Centre in Arundel for the day which, surprisingly, was our first ever visit. Despite being regular visitors to the historic town, we’ve never got round to visiting the Wetland Centre, so when they invited us to come see them for the day we weren’t going to miss the chance.

Wetlands are found across the world, ranging from giant deltas, mighty estuaries and mudflats to floodplains and peatlands that humans have relied on for hundreds of years.

40% of all species rely on freshwater wetlands, despite covering less than 1% of the world’s surface.

Prior to our visit, we’d only ever visited one other Wetland Centre previously – which was wonderful – but for some reason we’ve never thought to explore any other locations. Going on this weekend’s visit, we instantly regret not visiting sooner.

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