Amazon LGBT+ Reading Roadshow

Amazon LGBT+ Reading Roadshow

Last week we were thrilled to welcome the ‘Amazon LGBT+ Reading Roadshow’ into school to work with groups of our students. It was a great opportunity and our students really enjoyed the session, organised by our LGBT+ Group organiser Ms Galizzi.

The Amazon LGBT+ Reading Roadshow, a unique new initiative designed to tackle homophobic bullying and boost LGBT+ inclusion in schools.

In partnership with LGBT+ education charity Just Like Us and Pink News, the Reading Roadshow celebrates the importance of LGBT+ inclusion through literature. Launched in London with musician Will Young and director Chris Sweeney, hosts of the Homo Sapiens podcast, the Roadshow will provide inclusivity workshops and free LGBT+ inclusive books for participating schools. The literature, approved by school literacy experts, includes texts by authors such as Alex Bertie, Lisa Williamson, E.M Forster and Becky Albertalli.

The Reading Roadshow comes as new research commissioned by Amazon from YouGov among more than 1,000 primary and secondary school teachers, has found that:

  • 71 per cent of teachers have witnessed homophobic bullying in school
  • 35 per cent of teachers claim to observe homophobic bullying at least once a month
  • Homophobic bullying is the most common motivation behind bullying in schools (13 per cent), when compared to racism (11 per cent), sexism (7 per cent) and religion (2 per cent)
  • More than half (58 per cent) of teachers would support the idea of businesses discussing the importance of LGBT+ inclusion in schools

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Amazon, Just Like Us and Pink News for the fantastic event…and our free books!

You can find out more about their initiative here: blog.aboutamazon.co.uk