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Ignorance Isn’t Bliss – Why We Need LGBTQ Education | Grace James | TEDxSWPS
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Added Aug 30, 2016
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A third of LGBTQ pupils have missed at least a day of school in the past month due to fears for their safety. I am going to talk about why schools need to incorporate LGBTQ identities into their education, and share a story about a young girl who is no longer with us. What she experienced was unacceptable, and what she went through should have been prevented.  

Grace is a year 8 student at Sir William Perkins’s School in Chertsey. She aspires to be an aerospace engineer in the armed forces. Amongst other hobbies, Grace is a member of the army cadet force, where she enjoys activities like canoeing and rock climbing, learns invaluable skills such as first aid and map reading, and helps out in the community through events such as supermarket bag packs and the poppy appeal.

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