1st Edition

Big Gay Adventures in Education Supporting LGBT+ Visibility and Inclusion in Schools

Edited By Daniel Tomlinson-Gray Copyright 2021
    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    Big Gay Adventures in Education is a collection of true stories by 'out' teachers, and students of 'out' teachers, all about their experiences in schools. The book aims to empower LGBT+ teachers to be the role models they needed when they were in school and help all teachers and school leaders to promote LGBT+ visibility and inclusion.

    The contributors range from trainee teachers to experienced school leaders and leading figures from the community across the LGBT+ spectrum, as well as LGBT+ students whose lives were improved by having an openly LGBT+ teacher. Each story is accompanied by an editor’s note reflecting on the contributor’s experience and the practical implications for schools and teachers in supporting LGBT+ young people and ensuring they feel safe and included in their school communities.

    Compiled by the co-founder and director of LGBTed, the inspiring stories in this book are essential reading for LGBT+ teachers and allies. Let’s be the role models we needed when we were at school and show our students that they can be successful and happy as an LGBT+ person.


    Andrew Moffatt MBE

    1 Why this book exists

    Daniel Tomlinson-Gray

    2 To be out or not to be out

    Sue Sanders

    3 It’s OK: A school assembly

    David Lowbridge-Ellis

    4 Miss, are you a lesbian? Becoming bisexual

    Adele Bates

    5 Out from the outset

    Kip Webb-Heller

    6 Permission

    Chris Mattley

    7 A story in two halves

    Catherine Halliwell and Cerian Craske

    8 Intersections of Identity: Being an ‘out’ Jewish bisexual teacher

    Allison Zionts

    9 You can’t win on culture alone, but you sure can lose on it

    James Bennett

    10 Bi bi bi

    Molly Luscombe

    11 That assembly

    Becca Adson

    12 Simple acts of kindness and love

    Callum Richardson

    13 Add a little bit of glitter

    Faye Cutting

    14 'Miss, I’m part of LGBT too'

    Amy Ridler

    15 The cupboard without a rainbow flag

    Hadley Stewart

    16 I want the world to know

    Alison Riley

    17 The best you can be is yourself

    Zoe Defoe

    18 You’ve gotta give ’em hope

    Michael Williams

    19 The invisible girl

    Jennifer Heaton

    20 The moderately successful lesbian

    Nicola Sharp

    21 The rainbow armadillo

    Darrell Chart-Boyles

    22 Being the role model I wish I had

    Pam Stallard

    23 Changing the narrative: Why being ‘out’ at school is so important

    Will Goldsmith

    24 Being your authentic self at work

    Hannah Jepson


    Daniel Tomlinson-Gray is a secondary school Media Studies and English teacher with more than 12 years of experience who has also worked in school leadership. He is the co-founder and director of LGBTed with Hannah Jepson, working with teachers and schools to increase the visibility of authentic LGBT+ role models. He is married to Samuel, with a tabby cat called Missy Misdemeanour and two hens, Edina and Patsy.

    "Big Gay Adventures in Education is a must-read for LGBT+ educators, allies, and those seeking to learn more about LGBT+ educator experiences given the opportunity to learn directly from LGBT+ educators. The authors’ recount of their experience presents an anthem of motivation in calling us to be present and out for our LGBT+ students. Thanks to the shared stories, advice, and calls to action in Big Gay Adventures in Education, readers are left feeling invigorated and motivated to take active steps in supporting their LGBT+ students." - Sarah Kiperman, Teachers College Record