Stonewall at GDA
Sir Ian McKellen has appeared on stage and screen for over 50 years, more recently in huge franchises such as X-Men, as Magneto and Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit as Gandalf as well as playing Sherlock Holmes in an upcoming movie! He came out publicly in 1988, due to the implementation of Section 28 of the Local Government Act - legislation designed to prevent the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools and as a result co-founded Stonewall (an LGB rights charity). In May 2015, he spoke to our Academy Council, met with the Headmaster and the Chair of Trustees, Sir Robert Dowling. He led two assembly talks, walked our corridors, popped into classrooms, and visited our Year 11 students preparing to sit their English exam that afternoon! Even for an institution with such a long and honourable history as GDA, this really was big.
In 2017, Stonewall released a report, discussing the experiences of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people in Britain’s schools. You can read the report here.