Lisa Jarmin

Tes talks to… Kiki Archer

Schools aren’t as LGBT-friendly as people think and can do much more to help isolated and alienated students, the former teacher and now best-selling author tells Lisa Jarmin

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Kiki Archer can’t remember her school ever officially acknowledging that gay people existed.

“Well, unless you count the time we had to pick a subject for our religious studies coursework,” she clarifies.

“Homosexuality was on the list along with war, abortion and euthanasia as something that threw up a lot of questionable moral issues, so that was a great message for kids wasn’t it?”

That was years ago, you might argue: Archer is 37.

But she insists that the experience for young gay people has not really improved. And she should know: she worked as a PE teacher in secondary schools for ...

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