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School's in on gay history.

Until the repeal of the United Kingdom's Section 28 law in 2003, taxpayer money could not be used for the "promotion of homosexuality" in schools. Now the government is sponsoring that country's first annual LGBT History Month in February. With a $30,000 grant from the Department of Education and Skills, schools across the country will be encouraged to hold lessons and art exhibitions on gay history, including the lives of such prominent English figures as Shakespeare and Florence Nightingale.

"Section 28 put the clock back for us, but rids helps us to reassert our identity and histories," said Nigel Tart of Schools Out! a group of gay and lesbian teachers. Involvement is optional, but schools minister Stephen Twigg, who is gay, said he is "encouraging schools to take part."

Conservative Party education spokesman Tim Collins, however, criticized the event, saying, "I do drink we ought to protect the innocence" of young people.
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Title Annotation:United Kingdom
Author:Galliano, Joseph
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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