Challenging Views – Changing Attitudes

At Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy we recognise that promoting tolerance is a priority for our learners as homophobic bullying, stereotyping and other preconceived ideas can cause much pain and suffering. Therefore, students were able to benefit from learning about real life experiences.

Sanjay Sood-Smith delivered two very compelling and emotionally challenging assemblies to Year 9 and Year 10 students sharing his experiences of growing up and recognising his own sexuality as a gay man.

He very openly described the impact that sharing his sexuality had for his parents and his friends and also some of the difficulties he has faced from others who have been less tolerant.

A powerful statement, ‘If you asked me to define who I am in three words, gay would not be one of them.’ In these few words, Sanjay is open about his sexuality but does not believe that being gay has made him who is or will define what he hopes to achieve.

Sanjay appeared on television as a contestant in last season’s, The Apprentice on the BBC and is a champion for Stonewall, a charitable organization campaigning against homophobic bullying.

Year 10 students with Stonewall Champion, Sanjay Sood-Smith.