Saturday, 5 July 2008

Homophobic Bullying

PinkNews is reporting that the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has argued children should be taught about gay equality in a bid to curb homophobic bullying in schools. According to the story, he said: "While the UK's education system ought to be in the vanguard of the fight against homophobic discrimination, all too often it is in fact part of the problem.

"Whereas our schools and colleges have done much to counter racism and sexism, the same cannot be said when it comes to tackling homophobia. Despite some notable exceptions, too many educational establishments are breeding grounds for the worst kind of casual prejudice."

The TUC also point to the Stonewall report - The School Report published last year which found that over two-thirds of young LGBT pupils have experienced homophobic bullying.

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Sean Hennelly said...

The issue of gay hatred crime is something I've become extremely interested in of late. Stonewall have recently published 'Homophobic Hate Crime'- the Gay British Crime Survey 2008 (it can be found at, which found that very few hatred crimes are being reported to the authorities. One has to question the perception the LGB community has of Police. Perhaps educating people early about equality will change this when LGB becomes less of a 'taboo' subject...

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