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January 19, 2015

It was announced last week that England’s first ‘gay school', aimed primarily at LGBT pupils, is due to be launched in Manchester. Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, explains why she would instead prefer to see all schools adopt LGBT-friendly practices

How do children learn about difference? They learn from their experiences and by who surrounds them.

Through our teacher training and resource program we recognize that those students in multi-cultural areas have a much greater understanding of difference as they are surrounded by people of different cultures, faiths, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Creating visibility around these differences increases understanding, acceptance and ‘usualizes’ diversity as a whole in our communities.

May 2, 2014

A shocking survey reports how two in five transgender young people have tried to kill themselves, while 80% of gay teens are bullied

Two thirds of young gay people have considered suicide, while a shocking 80% have said they are bullied because of their sexuality.

New research has revealed a further 37% of gay 13-18 year-olds have attempted suicide as a result of bullying.

It is a similar, sad story for transgender teens. Two in five have tried to kill themselves, while a further 62% have considered suicide because of bullying.

For lesbians, two thirds of lesbians were bullied, and more than half contemplated suicide. 36% attempted it.

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.

January 12, 2014

New report finds more than half of young LGBT people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide

Young gay people in England are facing a looming mental health crisis according to a new report due to be published tomorrow (13 January).

The report reveals over 50% of young gay people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide. It also shows 50% have self-harmed and 42% have sought medical help to combat anxiety or depression, says The Independent.

July 12, 2013

Report finds gay teens face online bullying, but also have greater access to peer support and health education

According to a recent study, the Internet is both hazardous and helpful to gay and lesbian youngsters.

The report, called Out Online: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth on the Internet, found gay teens are nearly three times more likely to be bullied online when compared to straight children.

June 22, 2013

Student advocacy convinced the US Department of Education that it needed to include gays and lesbians when it gathered civil rights data

According to an advocacy organization, the US Department Education will start gathering data from schools about anti-gay bullying.

In a blog post Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, announced the federal government will begin to assemble information about anti-LGBT bullying for what's called the Civil Rights Data Collection. This survey is used as a guide for governmental policies.

March 6, 2013

Dr Michael Keenan of Nottingham Trent University looks at some of the problems gay and trans students still face and asks for their help

Britain’s Student Pride took place last weekend (1 to 3 March) in Brighton and saw gay, bi, trans and other students get together for a weekend of fun, debates and making new friends. Student Pride is a celebration of achievement and the positive experiences of many LGBTQ students; however it is also a reminder of the work to be done, and the continuing challenges facing LGBTQ students in today’s universities.

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'.

December 11, 2012

A survey conducted by and Demoskopea reveals that 9% of the interviewees have been physically assaulted

Almost half of Italian LGBT students have been victims of gay hate and almost one in 10 have been physically attacked.

That's the result of a new survey of high school students conducted by and Demoskopea.

More than 2,000 students were interviewed. Of those reporting acts of homophobia, 77% reported verbal offences, a quarter have been bullied and 9% reported physical assaults.

According to the interviewees, 90% of them have been discriminated against by their school-mates, and 15% by their teachers.

September 9, 2012

The entire student body of an Australian high school has pledged not to use the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory way, becoming only the second in Australia to do so

A South Australian state high school has marked Wear It Purple Day, Australia’s national day supporting LGBT youth, by its entire student body signing a pledge to not use the word in a derogatory manner going forward.

Over 800 students at Wirreanda High School in the Adelaide suburb of Morphett Vale signed the pledge on Friday – becoming the second school to do so in the state.

The students all signed a banner with the slogan, ‘Pledge – It’s not okay to say “it’s gay.”

September 8, 2012

Despite survey results, over 80% of gay students have been verbally harassed or threatened in the past year

Harassment of gay students in US schools is falling, according to a new survey.

Despite the vast majority still reporting name-calling or threats, under a third of gay students reported verbal harassment happened frequently, or every day.

This is down from 45% in 2007 and 40.6% in 2009, the year of the previous survey.

May 1, 2012

Says of fellow Celebrity Apprentice competitor: 'Arsenio is the biggest girl on this show'

Singer and actress Aubrey O'Day seemed expecially proud of winning a challenge on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice Sunday because it meant she was able to present a check of $50,000 to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

GLSEN is an is an organization that seeks to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

February 2, 2012

GLSEN's 'Think Before You Speak' campaign will reach fans attending game

On Super Bowl Sunday, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network is going to be getting wide exposure for its Public Service Announcements on anti-gay slurs.

With its Think Before You Speak campaign, GLSEN will become the first LGBT organization in the country to share such a message with Super Bowl attendees. The campaign includes four videos and features such famous faces as Hilary Duff, Wanda Sykes and the NBA's Grant Hill.