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May 17, 2015

'As a matter of fact, that is bullying me,' one angry father claims to have been bullied when his child was read the book in class

It was meant to be a lesson against bullying when a third-grade teacher picked a gay-themed storybook to read to his Orange County, North Carolina class in response to a bullying incident.

Dozens of angry parents are now demanding answers from school officials with a parent claiming that he is in fact being bullied when his child is being read such a book in school.

November 10, 2014

Nearly 9 in 10 teachers say homophobic bullying happens in their schools

Nearly nine in 10 secondary school teachers in Scotland say homophobic bullying happens in their school.

The shocking YouGov survey, commissioned by Stonewall Scotland, also revealed a third of teachers hear homophobic language from other staff.

Many assume they are not allowed to talk about LGBTI issues with students, with only 16% saying they have had specific training to tackle homophobic bullying. 

October 29, 2014

Nicky Morgan has revealed a £2 million package for charities to come up with ideas to tackle homophobia

The UK government has pledged to spend more on tackling homophobic bullying today (29 October).

Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, announced the government will be offering a £ 2 million ($3.23 million, €2.53 million) package.

The government is hoping for charitable and not-for-profit organizations to come forward with creative ideas to help stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in British schools.

September 9, 2014

The ‘gay’ chair, the child called ‘it’, the girl hit with a softball bat and the kids who think it’s ok to use anti-LGBTI language as long as it’s to their friends

Classroom commotions never bode well, even at the best of times. This was not the best of times: this was half past eight on a Monday morning in an unfamiliar school.

The problem, it transpired, was there were precisely 23 chairs in the room. There were 23 students - the math seemed simple enough. ‘But look!’ came the anguished howl, in a tone so plaintive I half expected the chair to be riddled with spikes.

Instead, a crude hand had wittily scrawled on it ‘whoeva sits on this cHair is gay’ [sic].

August 4, 2014

New Stonewall chief, Ruth Hunt, has spoken about the organisation’s future plans to tackle homophobia in schools

In one of her first major interviews since becoming the new chief of UK-based LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, Ruth Hunt has said that she believes educating pre-primary school children that families come in all shapes and sizes – including single and same-sex parents – is vital in helping to tackle homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper, she said that she wants Stonewall to commission books ‘celebrating difference in all its forms for under-fives.’

July 30, 2014

When bullies attacked Liam Hackett he thought he was going to die – and was secretly relieved. Now his charity is fixing the problem for other kids

You know that awkward feeling you get when you go to a party with your friend without knowing anybody else there and your friend disappears?

Without even realizing, fears of rejection quickly set in and you’re left feeling incredibly self-conscious. As a safety barrier, you subtly pull out your mobile and act nonchalant whilst frantically trying to figure out where your mate went.

Maybe it doesn’t happen to you anymore, but we can all relate to that distinctive feeling of dread mixed with heightened self-awareness.

May 12, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says while he realises homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice

Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.

While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.

March 27, 2014

England and Wales is starting gay and lesbian weddings, but 67% of teachers don’t feel ready to talk to their students about it

Two thirds of school staff do not feel adequately prepared to teach about same-sex marriage and LGBTI issues as England and Wales prepares for its first gay weddings.

That’s according to research released today by the Teacher Support Network which also said LGBTI teachers in the UK face ‘severe’ discrimination by colleagues and pupils.

March 9, 2014

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland will display anti-gay bullying posters in a bid to eradicate homophobia in education

Catholic and Protestant schools in Ireland are to display anti-bullying posters to support gay students victimized because of their sexual orientation.

The Irish Independent newspaper reports the posters will be part of a scheme to crack down on homophobic bullying.

November 19, 2013

As it is revealed 99% of all gay teens hear homophobic language in schools, Anglican chiefs admit they must do more to curb homophobia in the playground

The Church of England has announced it will be aiming to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools.

It will be working with gay rights group Stonewall in order to tackle the suffering many young gay teens face while they are at a religious school.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, revealed the collaboration yesterday (18 November) on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod.

October 29, 2013

Take a sneak peak at the British rugby legend with the lovely smile's steamy 2014 calendar

The British rugby legend, currently showing us his salsa on Strictly Come Dancing, has stripped off once again to fight gay bullying.

Ben Cohen, nearly every lad-lover's favorite, is back with a new calendar for 2014.

This time he has invited us for a sneak peak into the shower and the locker room for a behind-the-scenes look.

Remember this is all about charity. All of the funds raised for his calendar will go to Cohen’s Stand Up Foundation, aiming to stop bullying in schools and sports.

October 25, 2013

A 13-year-old boy and his mother is taking action against school district for failing to do enough to protect him

A 13-year-old male cheerleader was forced to quit and leave his school just because bullies thought he was gay.

The middle school student, known as BB, from Louisville, Kentucky, is taking action against the school district.

When he joined the cheerleading squad at his first school, he was the only male in the squad.

Perceived to be gay, bullies relentlessly tortured him in and out of the classroom.

‘It was in the classroom, it was in the cafeteria, and it was in the hallway too,' he told WDRB.

October 24, 2013

 Of their 2014 Calendar they admit: 'We want to be there for you, naked, because we care - and because we like it'

The Warwick University Rowing Club has gotten completely naked to fight homophobia and bullying in schools.

The British rowers have been talking their clothes off for the past four years to raise money with a nude calendar.

But the 2014 edition is different because the athletes are donating a portion of the proceeds to anti-homophobia and bullying charities.

'We heard so many stories about homophobia, it really motivated us to go make a difference ourselves,' one team member says in the promotional video below.

October 17, 2013

As the world celebrates Spirit Day, GSN talks to a leading expert on how teenagers can deal before it gets better

It is easy to say it gets easier after school, but do you deal with life before it gets better?

Many young people commit suicide because of homophobic and transphobic bullying, and this is the reason we have to fight it.

If you are the victim, make sure you just stand up and speak out if it is safe. It might feel like the scariest thing in the world to do, but you will feel stronger at the end.

July 8, 2013

Lindsay Whittle, an assembly member in National Assembly of Wales, says reported homophobic incidents are the 'tip of the iceberg'

A Welsh politician has accused schools of not doing enough work to tackle homophobic bullying today (8 July).

Lindsay Whittle, a Welsh assembly member from the national party Plaid Cymru, said there had been more than 70 reports of homophobic bullying had been at schools in one part of Wales in the past five years.

He said he feared the number of reports was just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

July 6, 2013

Conservative MP Michael Gove promised to ‘police’ and ‘sharpen’ laws to end homophobic bullying in Great Britain’s schools

Britain’s education Secretary Michael Gove pledged to stop homophobic bullying in schools.

Speaking earlier this week at the annual education conference for Stonewall, one of Britain’s leading gay rights organizations, Gove reaffirmed his commitment to addressing anti-gay sentiment in the education system.

Gove said in his address: ‘It’s just utterly outrageous and medieval to think that to use the word gay as an insult is somehow acceptable.

April 26, 2013

Pink Alliance makes eight clips to inspire confidence and give support to viewers

Hong Kong's Pink Alliance launches a video advocacy project today to raise public concern about students bullied because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

March 22, 2013

Three reasons why lesbian comic Zoe Lyons is am happy to be hosting the 10th annual Equality Walk for leading British gay campaign organization Stonewall

The Stonewall Equality Walk takes place in Brighton, on the south coast of England on 5 May. I am helping to host the event this year and here are three good reasons why you should don some ‘sensible’ shoes and stroll the 10K walk with me.

Reason 1

February 7, 2013

Research carried out by The University of Illinois and Brunel University in London shows bullying declines as gay teens get older

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens face less bullying as they get older, a study has shown.

The study of 8,700 English students, carried out by The University of Illinois and Brunel University in London, says homophobic bullying against young people declines as they get older and leave school.

Ian Rivers, co-author of the study and Brunel University Professor, says the UK's proposed rise in the school leaving age from 16 to 18 is likely to 'impact rates of bullying'.

November 16, 2012

Young people tell their stories in Stonewall video as Ian McKellen tours schools to tackle bullying of gay, lesbian and bisexual students

As cinema-goers await Sir Ian McKellen’s starring role in The Hobbit, he has a new video out which gay anti-bullying campaigners hope will have just as much impact.

McKellen, a co-founder of Stonewall, Britain’s leading gay rights organization, has narrated a new video highlighting the plight of kids bullied because of their sexuality.

Speaking in the video, McKellen says: ‘Over half of lesbian, gay and bisexual students have experienced bullying in schools.

May 17, 2012

New survey says 77% respondents were victims of school bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity in China

A new survey released for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) has shown that over three-quarters of gay students in China were victims of bullying at school.

The survey with 421 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight students found that 77% were the victim of one of 17 types of school bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In response to the bullying, 42% reported depression, 23% reported a loss of interest in learning and 26% said they were driven to binge drinking, self-harm, thoughts of suicide or sex with strangers.

May 3, 2012

Countries across the world back International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia to fight school bullying

Countries around the world will stand united in a landmark event to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in two weeks’ time.

Fighting homo/transphobia through education will be the theme of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) which will be commemorated by almost 40 countries on 17 May.

More countries are joining a list which already includes Burma, Fiji and Haiti who have never taken part before.

December 28, 2011

Ashland City organising against gay bullying after Jacob Rogers shot himself

Incensed residents of a town in Tennessee have called for a review of anti-gay bullying policies following the suicide of a local teenager.

Openly gay 18-year-old Jacob Rogers shot himself on 7 December.
Authorities have claimed that there was no mention of school bullying in the letters he wrote before his suicide.

But since his death a friend has revealed that Rogers was subjected to persistent name-calling at Cheatham County Central High School in Ashland City, Tennessee.

December 9, 2011

Hong Kong gay group Nu Tong Xue She tackles endemic bullying in schools

In light of rampant homophobic bullying at school, Hong Kong LGBT rights group Nu Tong Xue She is set to put online an interview with a noted figure in each of the coming 12 months, aiming to draw people’s attention to the underlying problems.

Named 'I am who I am', the education project believes youngsters who fail to meet gender stereotypes – be they gay, bisexual, or straight – should have the right to learn and grow in a safe and caring environment.