THIS IS AMERICA 2016: Safeguarding our LGBT Youths?

Attempting to pressure educators to “out” LGBT youth to their parents is not how we safeguard and protect many of the most vulnerable in our society. The only reason the “closet” exists is because of the pressure placed upon us to protect ourselves from abuse, and that includes, sometimes especially, from families who still believe in archaic practices such as reparative therapy. 

We have an obligation as teachers to support and nurture our students. We have a moral and professional obligation to safeguard them from any harm, whether physical or emotional, and we can only enhance their learning and growth by dedicating ourselves to their protection; more urgently when other aspects of their lives are causing them to feel unsafe and oppressed.


Give ’em Hope Founder

Read this and tell me that our LGBT youth are not being targeted:


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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