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Dr Elly Barnes

Educate & Celebrate

CEO and Founder

Dr Elly Barnes

Dr Elly Barnes MBE is the founder and CEO of Educate & Celebrate, an LGBT+ education charity that empowers and supports teachers, pupils and parents to build a future of inclusion and social justice. Beginning in the UK in 2005 and spearheading the Department for Education HBT anti-bullying project, the charity has also taken the successful strategies to teachers in Germany, Spain, Turkey and more recently Switzerland, Ireland and Thailand. 

Elly was voted No: 1 in The Independent on Sundays Rainbow List 2011 for her commitment to LGBT+ in education and DIVA Activist of the Year 2018. Throughout the development of the pioneering PRIDE in Inclusion Award Programme, Elly formed a close partnership with Goldsmiths University of London and together with Dr Anna Carlile wrote How to Transform Your School into an LGBT+Friendly Place: A Practical Guide for nursery, primary and secondary teachers released in March 2018.