Homophobia and Hate Crime (Key Stage 3)

Hope has been delivering workshops that explore homophobia and hate crime for over ten years. These workshops utilise a number of resources that are updated every term. Resources include current news reports, videos and scenes from the play Out/LOUD.

The workshop is adapted to suit specific groups and has been successfully delivered to:

  • secondary school groups,
  • teachers,
  • governors
  • youth groups

Workshop leaders are trained to encourage active participation and discussion on sometimes difficult issues. Leaders often talk about their own experiences of homophobia and growing up LGBT.

The current Homophobia and Hate Crime Workshop includes:

Language and Reputation
An exploration of how our language can have serious implications. We look at the words we use and how to challenge discriminatory language in school and the workplace.

Homophobic Bullying
A look at the effects of bullying and how to create a zero tolerance approach in both schools and workplaces. We explore the ‘It gets better’ project and how both verbal and physical bullying can have devastating effects.

For more information on the ‘It gets better’ project, please visit:

Hate Crime
Participants explore the story of Matthew Shepard in detail. They look at why his story promoted a greater understanding of hate crime internationally.


Other examples of hate crime are then introduced, including a discussion about Sophie Lancaster and discrimination of alternative subcultures.

For more information about Sophie Lancaster please visit:

The importance of reporting hate crime is explored, with the workshop actively promoting the work of Greater Manchester Police to encourage reporting.

Coming out / Stereotypes

Participants look at the various coming out stories from the play Out/LOUD and workshop leaders talk about their own experiences of telling people they are LGBT. The workshop ends with a look at positive LGBT role models from the world of art, politics, sport and entertainment. This is often the most enlightening part of the workshop as it clearly provokes discussion on stereotypes. This often promotes a discussion about sport and sexuality – why there are so few out footballers and gender and sexuality issues.

To book any of these workshops please contact Adam Zane on adzane@hotmail.com or 07984 44 6074

Or for more information about current and future productions or to enquire about working for hope theatre please follow this link to their
website hopetheatrecompany.com

Here Comes Tango! (Different families and relationships – Key Stage 2)

Created in partnership with Healthy Schools, this workshop is aimed at Key Stage 2 (years 4 and 5) to support the Growing and Changing curriculum and help teachers discuss:

  • Different families and relationships
  • Different views
  • Equality and discrimination

The workshop explores the inspirational true story of Tango – a baby penguin raised by Roy and Silo, two male Chin-strap penguins in Central Park Zoo.

Participants will look at the true story of Tango and explore the other true animal stories and facts mentioned in the play. These stories explore subjects that teachers can then use in accompanying lesson plans.

Tango’s Amazing Animal Facts include:

The true story of Tango

After the performance, pupils are given an opportunity to discuss the true story of Tango and meet the actors. The actors ensure the participants get a chance to ask any questions and explore the world of different families. Roy and Silo’s adoption of baby Tango helps pupils talk about parenting skills, adoption and gender roles.
The book ‘And Tango Makes Three’ is a good resource for teachers

Koko and the kitten

The incredible story of Koko the gorilla. Koko lives in San Francisco Zoo and is famous for learning sign language. Koko adopted a kitten and named her ‘All Ball’. Koko was loving and gentle and treated All Ball like a baby gorilla. This story helps participants discuss adoption and single parent families.
For further information and resources please visit:

Sammy the Sea-horse

Pupils learn about the amazing world of sea-horses, where the male gives birth to over two thousand baby sea-horses and takes the main role of parent. This story helps pupils discuss gender roles and single parenting.
For further resouces please visit:

Diversity Role Models deliver workshops in primary and secondary schools to combat HBT bullying.

"Our primary workshops differ slightly as we focus on celebrating different types of families and introducing young people to same sex parents. We're currently looking for LGBT Parents who would be willing to volunteer as Role Models, to come into workshops with us and tell the young people about their family - please see links above
We're also looking for parents who want to encourage their childrens' schools to have workshops".

For more information about this project please contact
Arif Adam
Delivery Co-Ordinator
020 7278 8659 | 07958 175397 |


Want to help make a change to young people and their attitudes towards diversity?

Our friends at Diversity Role Models are looking for YOU! They need wonderful LGBT parents or children of LGBT parents to join their Role Model gang and be a part of their Primary School workshops, which focus around anti-bullying and celebrating different types of families.
For more info and an application form, please go to http://bit.ly/1JrTOX1

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