Being the only openly ‘out’ gay member of staff at school is just the norm for me and my pupils and colleagues these days, aside from the yearly ‘outing’ on arrival of the new year 7 cohort each September! However, it wasn’t always like this.
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I’ve never thought of myself as a sister, beyond, of course, being an actual, well, sister. No, I mean a ‘sister’ in the trade union sense. Most of the women I’ve been lucky enough to work with within the movement have been gutsy get-it-done types, battling hard in a male-dominated movement. I must admit that it took me quite a while to get used to being addressed as ‘sister’ during last week’s TUC Women’s Conference, but by the end of the three day conference, I rather liked it. However, there are many sisterhoods to chose from, as we women are a rather diverse lot.
So David Cameron thinks Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are yet more ‘red tape’? Along with provisions in the Equality Act 2010 that protect education workers and others from third party harassment. Along with the ability to use statutory questionnaires that enable workers to discover whether they are being discriminated against or not receiving equal pay for equal work.
A harmless joke? A trivial matter? Boys being boys? If the card had been assigned a racist term, would we think differently about this incident?