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Women are twice as likely to stand up to homophobia than men

Women are twice as likely to stand up to homophobia than men

Michelle Visage is here to tell you what's what

Women are twice as likely to stand up to homophobia than men, according to a new study.

New research by YouGov has revealed that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language is still being used, with half of all British adults surveyed having heard this sort of offensive speech in the past year.

But this study has shown that while men might let it slide and ignore it, women were twice as likely to confront someone using offensive comments. It showed 27% of women would intervene compared to 13% of men.

Released for Anti-Bullying Week in the UK, it also found one in five have admitted to making offensive comments about LGBTI people, and over 60% also said they had not intervened when they heard derogatory comments in the past year.

Nearly a third (30%) had heard language like ‘faggot’, ‘poof’, ‘dyke’ and ‘tranny’ in the past month and half (49%) had heard this abuse in the past year.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, said: ‘These shocking statistics show we have a lot to do before we live in a society where everyone is treated equally.

‘To change this, we need people to step in and stand up. We need people to be brave, be heard and be kind. Challenging bullying requires courage but it does make a difference. We’re not asking people to step into situations that are dangerous or to put themselves at risk – not being a bystander can be simply offering support to someone who has been bullied.

‘Every one of us has the power to make change and if we each commit to call out abuse and bullying, together we can create a world where everyone is accepted without exception.’