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  1. Paul J Burgess 14 Nov 2011, 11:14am

    Pink Triangle Theatre have a large section of our show dedicated to the use of the word Gay. Always been effective in highlighting its hurtfulness.

  2. Jock S. Trap 14 Nov 2011, 11:26am

    This is a positive campaign and a good place to start. No-one should go through any bullying esp in their young most vunerable years as they set the tone for the rest of our lives.

    Having gone through this throughout my schools years I truely hope Stonewall and this campaign can really start to make a difference. It’s hard to deal with but I can see that some good is happening and some schools are starting to take this problem with all seriousness, just as All schools should.

  3. Christine Beckett 14 Nov 2011, 11:39am

    They’re having a go at the bulls now!!


  4. Seem to remember the word “spastic” or “spaz” was common currency in that context in early 80’s schoolyards until teaching staff quite rightly pointed out that using a mental illness as a universal pejorative was deeply inappropriate and offensive. Barely anyone uses it now.
    “Gay” as a pejorative needs to go the same way.

  5. Good news

  6. Cambodia Guesthouse 14 Nov 2011, 12:32pm

    Yes, good luck to them. As a previous commenter said, the use of the word ‘Gay’ as an insult needs to go the same way as ‘spaz’ etc…

  7. It’s not that long ago that big-mouth Moyles was using it on Radio 1. So- it’s going to take time.

    1. David Millar 14 Nov 2011, 8:39pm

      you are right, and big mouth Moyles gets away with it because the BBC investigation into complaints decided he wasnt being `homophobic` as it was in `common` usage.
      Thank god for Scott Mills…

  8. wait up and smell the coffee far too many schools fail to deal with straight forward bullying never mind homophobic. Schools out are doing great work in this area and receive such little praise.

  9. Tom Stoppard 14 Nov 2011, 1:00pm

    In the US, where the pejorative use of “gay” orginated, there are a still a lot of people (including gay people) who don’t see a problem with it. I’m glad that Stonewall is highlighting the issue of language. When it comes to bullying – language is usually where it starts – it’s the way that we dehumanise other people so that they can then have more extreme forms of violence and oppression enacted on them. Show that you won’t tolerant the language, and you stamp out the rest.

  10. It would be great to see a kids’ TV programme about being gay made along the lines of the recent Newsround Special on Autism.

    Perhaps one day it will happen?

  11. I am glad there is a highlighted part of anti bully week that includes “gay”. On a whole I am not bothered with being called gay and even revel in it as I love the original meaning of it (happy, colourful, joyous), but this is an adult who understands, accepts and likes who he is. Children are much more impressionable and sensitive to the insulting nuances of the word and effort should be made to re-educate them about its meaning. It is very much like the term “niggga” (please excuse me) when used in a racist manner. The general black community have turned that word into something else that can be used amongst themselves even with it derogative meaning. And we pretty much do the same. Saying that the use of gay in common everyday language is only a decade old so it too will become another dodo word I think.

  12. Essexgrrrl 15 Nov 2011, 1:31am

    Encouraging homophobic bullying is incitement to hatred: not very clever!!! This has been reported to the Police. I suggest you think carefully about how you respond to them when they knock on your door.

  13. “This week we will be ensuring that the bully continues.”

    The last cry of a desperate and pathetic individual…. wake up call for you, we’re everywhere. People like you are dying out.

    Bye, now.

    1. You said it. When they need to come onto gay sites to say this, you know you’re winning.

  14. Jock S. Trap 15 Nov 2011, 8:39am

    Your a fake Keith and you know it.

  15. Bless. But your god presumably created you, so is clearly capable of serious mistakes.

    1. Jock S. Trap 15 Nov 2011, 2:19pm

      Now there’s a good, accurate comment Rehan!! Well Said.

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