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Monday, November 24, 2014


As previously reported, the first Great Rainbow Bake-Off Competition launches today (17 November), to coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK (17-21 November 2014).

Educate and Celebrate, the UK-based organization that helps schools to become LGBT-friendly, in conjunction with Gay Star News, is asking pupils and students to take part in its ‘Edu-bake & Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off. To do this, they will have to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes during the course of this week.

Celebrities have lined up to support the competition and offer prizes. Chef, writer and broadcaster, Allegra McEvedy MBE, is one of those supporting the initiative.

‘I am totally behind the Great Rainbow Bake-off as a way to promote anti-gay bullying in schools,’ she said.

‘All children have a right to the playground and the classroom being safe places, ones free from prejudice of sexuality, race or religion. It's a truth that children can sometimes be mean, especially when it comes to differences; in some cases they need help to understand that all being different is a cause for celebration, not aggression.

‘I wish when I was at school a campaign like this had existed. Good luck in the Bake-off and may the best cake win!’

To enter the competition schools are asked to send a picture or pictures of their home-baked rainbow cakes with a sentence about anti-bullying week to or tweet @educatecelebrat using #rainbowbakeoff #GRBO

Judges of the Great Rainbow Bake Off include Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, Scott Nunn, Director of Gay Star News and special celebrity guests. The top ten bakers will be invited to a live bake-off event hosted by Educate & Celebrate during LGBT History Month Celebrations February 2015.

The competition will end at midnight on 21st November 2014 and is open to all ages. Cakes – which should utilize all the colors of the rainbow – will be judged on their imagination, originality and ‘overall look and “cakiness”.

For more information on the ‘Edu-bake & Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off, check the Educate and Celebrate website.

You can access Educate & Celebrate training and a PowerPoint resource for anti-bullying week at: or Rainbow Bake Off Competition

More details about anti-bullying week can be found at: 


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