We deliver workshops which tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools across the Island of Ireland
Why is this Important?
Recently, a significant Irish research report showed how prolific homophobic bullying is and the dire consequences for the young people at the receiving end of it.
Supporting LGBT Lives, a Trinity College research study, commissioned by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services, found that among LGBT people (from Maycock et al, 2009):
experienced homophobic bullying
were verbally threatened by fellow students
were physically threatened by their peers
heard homophobic comments from their teachers and other adult professionals
LGBTQ+ people still face considerable levels of stigmatisation, discrimination and harassment in their day-to-lives, including in schools. All of the research highlights the negative implications that homophobic and transphobic bullying has for the immediate and longer term emotional well-being of young people and their ability to cope and to achieve their full potential. (BeLonG To 2010, Headstrong 2012, Norman 2010, Maycock 2009)
WHAT IS HOMOPHOBIC AND TRANSPHOBIC BULLYING?
Bullying is defined by the Department of Education as “repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or a group against others”. It has been shown that LGBTQ+ young people, or those who are perceived as being LGBTQ+ are at greater risk of bullying than their cisgender straight counterparts. You can read the LGBTIreland report here.