Exceeding Expectations Showcase by Matthew and Ben
On 17th May 2007 we attended a showcase event on IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia). The reception was based on how homophobia affects society, and how homophobia needs to end in schools around Greater Manchester. I myself shared with the people who attended this reception my own experiences of homophobia through out secondary school.
Seeing the number of people who attended the reception, showed homophobia was still at large in today’s society, even more in secondary schools. Manchester City Council were supporting the Exceeding Expectations project and were at the reception.
Also included was a small sketch performed by Hope Theatre Company on how homophobia affects young people in today’s schools. The reception opened the eyes of people who attended and highlighted how homophobia needs to end, NOW! NOW! NOW!
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