Anti-LGBT bullying decreases in schools, but there’s still work to be done

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Stonewall’s latest school report shows a decrease in the number of LGBT pupils being bullied.

The study, conducted by the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge and commissioned by Stonewall discovered that homophobic bullying has fallen by a third in a decade.

A sample of 3,700 11- to 19-year-olds were used to determine the results, which concluded that LGBT pupils are bullied less than they were ten years ago.

However, the report also revealed that 45 per cent of homosexual students still face bullying for their sexuality.

In 2012, 55 per cent of LGBT pupils were bullied, and 68 per cent admitted to hearing homophobic slurs ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ at school.

Despite small progress, Stonewall reports that mental health issues are still at a high level among LGBT people.

Over 80 per cent of trans youth have self-harmed, with the number falling to  60 per cent for gay, lesbian and bisexual students.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive at Stonewall, commented on the findings:

“Our school years are one of the most formative periods of our lives, and we owe it to young LGBT people to ensure they don’t face discrimination or bullying because of who they are, but are supported to flourish and achieve.”

“While our new School Report shows an improved experience for pupils in many ways, it also needs to act as a wake-up call for schools, government and politicians on just how far we still have to go.”

“Almost half of LGBT young people are still bullied at school for being LGBT, and only one in five LGBT pupils have learned about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships.  This must be urgently addressed.”

The research concluded that 70 per cent of schools are now more likely than ever to condemn homophobic language and bullying.

That’s up from 50 per cent in 2012 and just 25 per cent in 2007.

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