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‘Gay’ insults blamed for rising number of boys calling ChildLine

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  1. Jan Bridget 27 Jul 2009, 8:14pm

    This is hardly surprising: alongside the high levels of homophobic bullying, young people are coming out at much younger ages: our research suggests 14.8 years. Add to this parental rejection and non-acceptance (again this has risen significantly according to our research, probably because parents are less willing to accept a young person of 15 saying they are LGBT than someone who older. The majority of young people who are coming out at this young age are totally isolated whilst schools rarely refer them to local LGBT youth groups and refuse to allow links to LGBT youth websites! Jan Bridget

  2. Let’s hope the new Eequality Bill will force councils to do more when it becomes Law.

  3. Yes, Craig, like helping schools to deal with the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult. The insidious effect of that word day after day certainly has an effect on all children whatever their sexuality. From an early age it gives them the idea that being gay is bad/weak/stupid. I absolutely detest that insult and I wish more schools would stamp it out through education and vigilance.

  4. This does not surprise me either . . . especially since on the street and in a childs mind the word “Gay” has become a term that represent every thing that is lame and ineffectual.

    This is disturbing

  5. I hope I don’t sound to old-fashioned, but it seems to be a sport at present to be as uncouth as you can be, verbally (at least) attacking anyone you don’t like the looks of or disagree with. Maybe a re-introduction of ‘manners’ like they once may have been wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

  6. This is a sadly typical story; these bulluies need to know about Trooper James in the above story and how you can be a “macho” soldier and still be gay! He is an excellent role model for young gay lads.

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