LGBT Assembly script, whilst giving two specific examples of discrimination – Alan Turing and Harvey Milk – is a general celebration of diversity, stressing the importance of education in the fight against prejudice. It is suitable for primary school children and, as an ‘add-on’ gives a suggested list of discussion points to be gone through in preparation for this assembly.
I fear I may have erred on the side of caution in writing this script – I have not given any ‘definitions of LGBT terms’ though I am happy to provide these as a supplement if requested. But I hope I have delivered on the message that we should all work towards a ‘live and let live’ society – as prejudice and fear-free as possible.
Cast of 30 – Easily adapted to smaller or larger class size.
Duration: Around 10 – 15 minutes.
Child 13: Why cannot people be free to be who they are?
Child 14: Why cannot people be free to express themselves as they are?
Child 15: Fortunately, we live in increasingly enlightened times
Child 16: So that people need not be afraid of the kind of discrimination that leads to the loss of freedom and the loss of life.
Child 17: To live in fear is a terrible thing.
Child 18: We often hear of bullying. This can happen to adults just as much as to children.
Child 19: And the bullies are often the ones who are most frightened.
Narrator: How does that work?
Child 20: Prejudice is largely borne of ignorance. People feel threatened by things they don’t understand. They are afraid and lash out at whatever is beyond their comprehension.
Child 21: Nobody likes being taken out of their particular comfort zone. And that comfort zone is often based on familiarity. Understanding what is going on.
Narrator: So how do you think we should best tackle this problem?
Child 22: Through education. Through making differences acceptable and non-threatening.
Child 23: If we all accept it’s OK to be different then that’s half the battle.