The Turó Blau school in the Sant Andreu del Palomar district of Barcelona is the first Catalan public school considered "LGTBI friendly" by the LGTBI Family Association, after applying the 'Rainbow Schools' program to raise awareness among children from this 2017-2018 academic year, from a young age, on the diversity in the classrooms.
'Rainbow Schools' is a program "to prevent homophobic behavior and the social marginalization of LGTBI people and their families in primary and secondary schools", explains the president of the LGTBI Family Association, Katy Pallàs. The project lasts two years and has already been applied in other private and subsidized centers and, to carry it out, three professionals will train all staff, teachers and non-teachers, to include teaching materials such as books and films in their classes.
With these materials, trainers explain to teachers the difference between gender and sex, with the aim that this knowledge is transferred to students in their classes with a language adapted to children.
Objective: eliminate the differences from childhood
"It is essential that children listen from a young age words like 'gay', 'lesbian' or 'trans' because that is how the stigma breaks down," explains Pallàs. And he adds that "the best way to do it is through the accompaniment of their teachers".
The program 'Rainbow Schools' is inspired by a similar one that has been applied in England for ten years now. Currently, this is the only one that exists in Catalonia.
Teaching material: books and films
The program is applied through materials that the entity makes available to the centers, such as books or films. Among them, two documentaries that the same association has shot: "Hom Baby Boom" and "Right to Love". The first, directed by Anna Boluda, addresses the role of LGTBI families; and the second, directed by Adaia Teruel, deals with the situation of these families in different countries of Europe.
In addition, the program will take a storyteller to school and loan several books for teachers to work in class, such as "Aitor has two mothers", "Things that Fran likes", "The great book of families" or "The brave princess".
The president of the Association recognizes that the project emerged three years ago because several families came to their institution to request references on schools where their children were not discriminated against, either because of their sexual orientation or that of their parents.