Previously I ran a blog called So What Squad alongside this one, but time constraints meant I needed to fine tune my social media presence, so I am moving all the posts over to this blog. This is the fourth of six posts.
Homophobia in Schools
Homophobic bullying is almost epidemic inBritain’s schools. Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of young lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils have experienced direct bullying.
Even if gay pupils are not directly experiencing bullying, they are learning in an environment where homophobic language and comments are commonplace. Ninety eight per cent of young gay people hear the phrases “that’s so gay” or “you’re so gay” in school, and over four fifths hear such comments often or frequently.
Ninety seven per cent of pupils hear other insulting homophobic remarks, such as “poof”, “dyke”, “rug-muncher”, “queer” and “bender”. Over seven in ten gay pupils hear those phrases used often or frequently. Less than a quarter (23 per cent) of young gay people have been told that homophobic bullying is wrong in their school. In schools that have said homophobic bullying is wrong, gay young people are 60 per cent more likely not to have been bullied.
Over half of lesbian and gay pupils don’t feel able to be themselves at school. Thirty five per cent of gay pupils do not feel safe or accepted at school.
Why set up a So What Squad?
- This culture of homophobia and discrimination needs to be challenged and LGBT young people need a safe space in schools. This can be achieved by setting up a So What Squad- with a sample mission statement of; “The So What squad aims to promote acceptance and education of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) issues and eliminate ignorance and discrimination as well as provide a safe space for LGBT students”