Stand Up Resources

Stand Up Awareness Week a time for your school to take a stand against homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic bullying that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) students experience. Stand Up Awareness Week will take place from November 15th-19th 2021.

2020 Stand Up Awareness Week Resources


*New* In-Class Videos

Share our new in-class videos with your students during Stand Up Awareness Week to help them learn about LGBTI+ identities and why language matters.

There is an accompanying Learning Pack to facilitate teachers to have an informed, safe and empowering discussion with young people in their class about some of the key issues arising regarding the experiences of young LGBT+ people. The pack includes three videos on different issues, with corresponding lesson plans, handouts (where relevant), and links to additional information for teachers.


Additional Resources

Curriculum Activities

The links and worksheets below relate to curriculum-based activity ideas provided on page 11 of the Stand Up Awareness Week 2020 Resource Pack. If you don’t have a hard copy, you can download a copy of the pack from the link above or click here to order a hard copy.

Subject: Business Studies

Subject: Irish

  • Title: Irish/English queer Dictionary
  • Summary: An interactive lesson teaching students about LGBTI+ terminology through Irish
  • Link: Download a copy of the first Irish/English queer dictionary An Foclóir Aiteach’ here.
  • Time: 30-40 minutes

Subject: History

  • Title: LGBTI+ History timeline
  • Summary: Discuss the details of LGBTI+ history in Ireland by taking the class through the timeline or ask groups to research different milestones on the timeline and report back to the class
  • Link: Download a copy of the LGBTI+ Ireland History Timeline here.
  • Time: 30-40 minutes

Subject: Science


Subject: Geography

  • Title: LGBTI+ Laws Around the World
  • Summary: Access the IGLA world map of sexual orientation laws on our website, and with your class explore what countries have equal laws for LGBTI+ individuals and where it is a criminal offence to be LGBTI+. Invite a whole-class discussion or assign a country to small groups and ask them to research the laws in that country in relation to LGBTI+ identities.
  • Link: ILGA world map of sexual orientation laws here.
  • Time: 30-40 minutes


Subjects: English, SPHE, Politics and Society, CSPE

  • Title: Classroom Discussions
  • Summary: Share the videos and articles below and invite your class to discuss the content and themes raised.
  • Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Videos:
  1. Journalist, Lyra McKee, TED Talk – How uncomfortable conversations can save lives.
    • Time: 12 minutes
    • Summary: Students will learn about the experience of Lyra McKee who talks about growing up as a gay teen in Northern Ireland and initiating hard conversations

2. TedTalk Chella Man- TED talk “Becoming Him

    • Time: 7 minutes
    • Summary: Students will learn about the process of gender transition through the personal experience of Chella Man, a 19-year old deaf artist.

3. Activist, Panti Bliss – Panti’s noble call at the Abbey Theatre.

    • Time: 11 minutes
    • Summary: Students will learn about prejudice and homophobia in this powerful call to action from gay rights activist Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill).
  • Articles:

MEP Maria Walsh discusses her sexuality.

LGBTI+ identities and sports:


Subject: English

  • Title: Exploring LGBTI+  Poets
  • Summary: Students will explore the world of poetry, including LGBT+ poets
  • Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Ask the class the following before reading through some of the poems by LGBTI+ people below.