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Teaching about LGBT families in schools Civil rights education in the absence of rights: 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 • Exchange and comparison between parents and would-be parents Famiglie Arcobaleno: born in 2005 • Exchange and comparison between parents and would-be parents • Promote a relationship between children of LGBT families Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Numbers - 2013 • 800 members • 500 women • 300 men • 260 Numbers - 2013 • 800 members • 500 women • 300 men • 260 children Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Famiglie Arcobaleno today • Advocacy to obtain civil rights • Promoting the visibility of Famiglie Arcobaleno today • Advocacy to obtain civil rights • Promoting the visibility of same-sex parent families • Exchange and comparison between parents and would-be parents • Promote a relationship between children of LGBT families Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Rights of LGBT people and couples • • No marriage No civil partnership No Rights of LGBT people and couples • • No marriage No civil partnership No stepchild adoption No adoption Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

RIGHTS DENIED LEGAL PARENT CO-PARENTS Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT RIGHTS DENIED LEGAL PARENT CO-PARENTS Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

No rights or obligations for the co-parent The co-parent cannot • take health care No rights or obligations for the co-parent The co-parent cannot • take health care decisions • take leaves from work for family reasons • pick up children at school • vote for or be elected in the school council • claim contact order after separation from partner The co-parent has no obligation to • sustain children economically • assist children • provide education Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

No rights for the children Children have no right to • be supported financially, No rights for the children Children have no right to • be supported financially, assisted, educated from the coparent • 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Equality law: necessary but not sufficient What can be truly done without laws? Associazione Equality law: necessary but not sufficient What can be truly done without laws? Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

How to survive without laws “ How to do miracles with the support of 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Working in schools • Starting from the school: FA was born also to help 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Issues • Homosexuality, LGBT parenting, denied rights • Prejudices and stereotypes on LGBT people 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training courses 1. Make prejudice emerge 2. Prejudice decostruction 3. Operative proposals Kindergarten/primary school Training courses 1. Make prejudice emerge 2. Prejudice decostruction 3. 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Methods thematic modules focus group team work, debate, discussion and practice on real school 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Some training courses in Italy venezia torino ferrara bologna The courses followed three main Some training courses in Italy venezia torino ferrara bologna The courses followed three main lines: • Introduce LGBT families • Fight homophobia • Fight stereotypes roma Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org Support from local institutions, collaboration with other associations, collaboration with experts and university professors TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training courses: Bologna “Teacher, I have two mums. And I have two dads. Get Training courses: 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 nontraditional LGBT families, to overcome prejudice and to stimulate inclusion “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 Focus: knowledge Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training courses: Bologna “How many in the house: getting diversity training”. Equal opportunity and 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training courses: Ferrara Courses against homophobia in two technical high schools since 4 years. 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training course: Torino Look how many parents! 2013: Course for 8 primary schools, conducted 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training course: Torino Stop Homophobia, Val di Susa Course targeted to kindergartens, conducted with 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training course: Roma Training events in kindergarten and schools where there are rainbow children 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Training course: Venezia Get to know LGBT families 7 days training with kindergarten and 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

Lessons learnt • Testimonies create empathy but are not enough. To eradicate homophobic prejudice, 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 Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

FA School Workgroup • The group aims at creating an archive of all training FA School Workgroup • The group aims at creating an archive of all training experiences done in these years (conventions, training courses, events. . ) • Prepare training and information materials for teachers regarding LGBT parenting • Provide information and advices to members regarding their children entering the school (relation with teachers, essays to read. . ), provide support and help to develop strategies in critical moments Associazione Genitori Omosessuali www. famigliearcobaleno. org TEACHING ABOUT LGBT FAMILIES IN SCHOOL CIVIL RIGHTS EDUCATION IN THE ABSENCE OF RIGHTS

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