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School role models

Our role models come from all walks of life and talk about a range of topics, from coming out to the rights of LGBT people in the UK today.

At Stonewall, we know how important visible role models can be for lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people. School Role Model visits, supported by Heathrow, are a free benefit for all secondary school members of the School Champions programme.

We work with volunteers from different backgrounds, with different jobs and life experiences, who visit schools to tell their story about growing up as an LGBT person.

What happens?

  • A visit usually starts with the role model addressing an assembly, class or selected group of students
  • The role model talks about their experiences of growing up and being LGBT
  • Q & A session follows
  • Sessions normally last about an hour
  • Stonewall School Champions are entitled to one visit per year

School Champions

If your school is currently not a School Champion and you would like to be, please visit the Teacher Training page. 

Get a taste of what a typical school role model visit looks like:

How do I request a role model visit for my school? 

Please contact our education department by emailing or by calling us on 02920 237 744

What happens next?

Once we receive your request we will contact you in the following week to confirm or clarify any details. We will then contact our school role models to check their availability and keep in contact with you in the following weeks to update you on the progress.

Would you like to become a School Role Model? 

At Stonewall we know the importance of visible role models, especially for young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people who do not feel that they are represented in everyday life. This is why we work with people from different backgrounds, with different jobs and life experiences who give up their time to visit schools to talk about their experiences of growing up as an LGBT person. 

By visiting a school and sharing your experience, you will be making a difference to the lives of the students and pupils by giving any LGBT young person in the room someone they can relate to, who can inspire them, and who can give them to confidence to be themselves. And for all the other young people, it’s a chance to ask questions and learn about a life experience they may never have encountered. 

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6 March 2020, Cardiff - BOOK NOW