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40 years of AG Gay teachers : teachers have come out of the closet of fear

Mr mosquito, in 40 years, there is in Berlin, the AG Gay teachers in the education and science trade Union. You are the founder of the group, the anniversary wi

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40 years of AG Gay teachers : teachers have come out of the closet of fear

Mr mosquito, in 40 years, there is in Berlin, the AG Gay teachers in the education and science trade Union. You are the founder of the group, the anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday. What has happened since the founding of the topic of homosexuality in schools – and what is not?

40 years Ago I would not have thought that we would get this far. Today we have to many of Berlin's schools Diversity Officer, there are hand-outs, how to handle sexual diversity for each age-group appropriate in the classroom. However, one must also say: There are in spite of everything, colleagues are afraid to come out in the workplace. There is still much work to do.

Why did you set up the group at that time?

Earlier homosexuality in schools was not an absolute taboo, we simply talked. When we were at the beginning of the 70s with the gay movement active and visible, there were prohibitions and discrimination in the workplace. However, we defended ourselves. As teachers, we have been thinking about how to represent homosexuality as with heterosexuality is equal in life form. In the framework, homosexuality was referred to as a ’special Form of sexuality’ in a row with bestiality, pedophilia and sexual violence. There was a single Film on the subject. The learning target: students will learn that homosexuals are criminals. All that we wanted to change.

How were the reactions?

We needed the WEIGHT as an Alliance partner, to engage us in terms of education policy. Of course, there were also first in the trade Union Resistance. Homosexuality is not a private matter, we are interested in what you are doing in bed, it was said. We replied: We do not want to tell, what we do in bed – it's about discrimination in the workplace. The fight against it has the WEIGHT but quickly. A great success was also that as a result of our Initiative of the German trade Union Federation for the abolition of paragraph 175. This came, however, only in 1994.

Detlef Mücke, founded 40 years ago, the AG Gay teacher at the Berlin WT. Until 2007 he was a teacher at the private

when did you have the feeling that they are heard with their demands in the policy?

A major breakthrough was the beginning of the 90s. It was a sad occasion: the young Neo-Nazis the green raided currently the Museum of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.

Charlotte was the best-known trans Person in the GDR and after the reunification, perhaps in all of Germany.

The press asked for this Attack Has failed when the perpetrator of the sexual education? We made our exchange of correspondence with politicians in Berlin to the public, to show that their attitude is part of the problem.

What was in there?

An example: The former Senator for School Kleemann (CDU) rejected that queer youth groups will inform on the notice Board of the schools – because it ’relates to the out-of-school intimate behavior of the student’, ’biologically normal heterosexuality’. ’An isolated Occurrence of Gay and lesbian people in the school would be almost square inevitably to a promotional event Degen’, clover's words. The house of representatives said: we need to change. In Berlin the enlightenment projects were pushed, then nationwide. The next big step came when Ingrid Stahmer, a SPD politician of the school administration, took over as Senator. In 2001, she introduced a new sex education guidelines, the old ones were still 1972. It hand-outs for teaching have been developed over same-sex lifestyles.

you Need such a group today?

As I said: all of the teachers in the workplace for fear of discrimination and contempt do not come out of the closet by far. We want to encourage colleagues to be open with their sexual identity. Most of all, go to this step, reports of positive experiences. And of course, there are still many questions and reservations on the part of young people. Of which we must take seriously.

Sexual diversity in the school is used by the AfD, but also Parts of the CDU/CSU as a political campaign issue, the keyword is "early sexualisation". How do you deal with it?

First of all: You must say very clearly that this is a minority of parents. Determine but, unfortunately, often the public discourse. According to a study by the anti-discrimination Agency, 90 percent of parents support sexual education in school and say that it is actually much too little. The issue is not just homosexuality, but also the image we have of women, how a family should look like. The advertising family with a father, mother, children is wonderful – but the reality of life for many children and young people that looks different, think of the children of single parents or rainbow families. Their everyday life must be pictured in the school.

What is a lesbian of the teachers you represent?

at the beginning of Gays and lesbians were together in the group. The lesbians felt that the women's movement to belong to, and established in Berlin a group of their own. Between the two groups, there are, of course, contact - in Germany, lesbians and Gay men in the WT together.

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