George White is a transgender man and a Catholic teacher of Religious Education at the Catholic school he attended as a child and was baptised in at the age of 16. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Heythrop College, an MA in Global Ethics and Human Values from King’s College London and a Secondary PGCE in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.
He has delivered conferences on LGBT+ Inclusion in Catholic Schools to the NEU, Schools Inclusion Alliance, ASCL and more. George has appeared on various podcasts, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Leicester and GB News to discuss the importance of making Catholic schools more inclusive for the LGBT+ community. In addition, he is a published author having contributed to Diverse Educators: The Manifesto with a piece which focuses on the protected characteristics of religion and belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. In 2023, he was a shortlisted for a National Diversity Award as a positive role model in race, religion and faith.
Just Like You Media interview with George White on LGBT+ Inclusion in Catholic Schools
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (2358) 'they [homosexuals] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.' I offer sessions which accept church teaching on marriage, ordination and charity and allow you to explore pastoral ministry for LGBT+ people.
LGBT+ Inclusion is necessary, not only in UK law and government guidance, but it is a part of our call to love our neighbours. There are many LGBT+ people in our Catholic schools who may feel unwelcome. Pope Francis has asked us to 'reach out to those on the peripheries' and has himself been inclusive to the LGBT+ community in his papal ministry.
There are many different ways I can offer support for you and your school. I offer staff training, student talks, reviews of policies and practices and more. Please check out the Services page. and get in touch.