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Stonewall report investigates homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2012, 6:14pm

    Well, well, who would have thought the BBC catholic Director-General Mark Thompson would be among the speakers, the same BBC that show bias in favour of giving coverage to anti-equal marriage haters.

    1. Its all right to bully if you do it because the Pope tells you though!

      Its not alright to bully them, or without the Popes permission!

      ;-)

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2012, 6:25pm

        Adult equal marriage haters and their supportive MPs are also guilty of bullying the British public into submission to their bigotry and beliefs. The Christian Institute and its C4M rabble are just two examples.

    2. …and has no LGBT representation on children’s TV.

    3. …and has no LGBT representation on children’s programmes.

  2. I think it’s great that we’re focussing more and more upon homophobia in schools, I saw people beaten to a bloody pulp and was far too scared to come out myself, yet everyone used to say ‘everyone gets bullied’- what an ignorant thing to say.

    People say that the school days are the best days of your life and once they are over you will want them back- this isn’t true for so many LGBT youths, I for one couldn’t imagine anything worse than going back to that hell.

    Hopefully this will help open some people’s eyes.

    1. true I never knew I was bi at school I had looked at men before and thought they were good looking. I realised I was Bi afetr I left school. I knew some people at my school who were gay/lesbien and Bi though and they never got bullied I do not think

  3. Great to see action on bullying in schools.

    LGBT school pupils deserve to learn and live in a society that values them and protects them from homophobia or other forms of bigotry.

    There are some excellent beacons of excellence in tackling this – its imperative that ALL schools – whether LEA managed, Academies, religious aided, private or otherwise are robustly tackling bullying in ALL of its forms including homophobia.

    Will the government lead responsibly on this?

    They might – but the issue of free schools and academies having the ability to choose what to do might become an issue.

    We need someone like Jamie Oliver to front this campaign.

    Jamie is taking on Gove on the issue of the food in academies and free schools. Gove is stickling by his political philosophy of doing nothing. Who will win this battle? Anyone with sense would say Oliver.

    We need to make sure he does not follow his ideology on bullying and do nothing.

    1. Its worth reading this article on Michael Gove v Jamie Oliver so we can understand a bit of the mentality of the man in charge of education – I do not have confidence he will tackle homophobic bullying in ALL schools. Sure this article is a different issue, but the attitudes can be transferred.:

      http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/steve-richards/steve-richards-michael-gove-v-jamie-oliver-its-no-contest-7771257.html

      1. I don’t know if you saw the Gok wan programme a while back on self esteem issues which included homophobic name calling in schools. He went in and challenged the children in a very positive way. I thought he was brilliant. Bullying tends to be centred on anybody who is different or do not conform. This can be anything from being Fat, Ginger, geeky your race / skin colour or having the wrong trainers. We don’t often speak of religious bullying but Muslim /Christian kids can suffer as well.

        1. The Gok Wan Programme was very good.

          He challenged various types of bullying head on and found great support for those experiencing it.

          Anyone wanting to see some good practice on bullying could benefit from watching the programmes:
          http://www.channel4.com/programmes/goks-teens-the-naked-truth

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2012, 6:27pm

    Trying to Impose religious beliefs on a society should and must be construed as bullying too not just children bullying other children. It has nothing to do with the exercise of freedom of religion, not when it abuses the rights of others to be free from it.

    1. de Villiers 25 May 2012, 6:56pm

      Giving the state the power to interfere with parents bringing up children to that extent is extreme.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2012, 7:09pm

        So what exactly do the staff of academies know about good nutrition and tackling obesity? What do most parents know about nutrition given the enormous obesity problem in the UK as well as the manifold health problems associated with it? None of them appear to know anything nor do they care. Allowing children to eat junk food ad infinitum is a recipe for a shortened life. It is irresponsible and unnecessary and not in the best interests of children, particularly their health. It’s a disgrace that we’re in the top 5 of the most unhealthy countries. I’m totally with Jamie Oliver on this one! The parents need educating in the positive effects of good diet and eating habits as well as regular exercise. If they won’t do it then who will? Gove will bury his head in the sand just as he has with the C4M debacle in Catholic schools.

      2. “Giving the state the power to interfere with parents bringing up children to that extent is extreme.”

        Then parents need to become more responsible and totally accountable for their children, and how they rear them.

    2. Robert Which religious beliefs are being imposed on you. Parliament decides on these matters not the church and religious people have quite a wide range of views on the subject of same sex marriage. A lot of non religious people do not agree with marriage being redefined either and have contributed to the government consultation.

  5. One problem is that

    “In regard to education, Section 403 of the Education Act 1996 places a legal requirement on schools to teach children about “the importance of marriage”. If marriage is redefined, schools will have no choice but to give children equivalent teaching on same sex marriage, even those children of a very young age, including those at primary school. ” (quote from Michael Offord MP as a reason for not bringing in SS marriage).

    If children aren’t taught about gay couples in the same respect as straight couples then I believe homophobia will always continue. If the education act forces an obligation on teachers to treat us differently then we always will be and children will be taught at an early age to think like that.

  6. Homophobic bullying is reducing in schools as homosexuality because more accepted by each generation but there’s still much more that needs to be done. School pupils (secondary and upwards) need to be educated in subjects such as this and schools need to properly implement anti-homophobic policies which is already in place at a college I go to in South East London. The word ‘gay’ used as an insult in schools needs to go too as it may not offend some people but it will definitely offend others. Are the government actually doing anything positive apart from taxing us to death lol?

  7. “BBC Director-General Mark Thompson and Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg will be among the speakers getting behind the event, which takes place at the British Library.”

    Is Pink News sure that the Mark Thompson referred to is the BBC Director-General, rather than Mark Thompson from Beatbullying?

    1. It seems to be the BBC DG according to Stonewalll who are organising the conference:

      http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/education_for_all/quick_links/education_events/7208.asp

      “With an exciting line-up of speakers including Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg MP and Director-General of the BBC Mark Thompson”

      1. Thanks. Will be interesting to hear what he’s got to say.

  8. Good news!! Keep up the momentum to stop bullying, that destroys the lives of so many young people in the LGBT Community or else open LGBT schools for the LGBT Community. Action more than words is necessary. Not ev eryone gets bullied but those that are victims of this cowardice are at extreme risk. Bullying is a violation of human rights asnd human rights apply to all people young and older alike.

  9. Good news!!! Keep up the momentum as all too often great projects like this fizzle out. If bullying continues then open LGBT schools for the LGBT Community. Not everyone is bullied, but those that are the victims of this cowadice are at extreme risk. Bullying is a violation of human rights and human rights belong to young and older people alike. Bullies must be dealt with swiftly and effectively. Education and more education is needed about how not to be a bully.

  10. Indoctrination continues…

    1. Another nutcase.

  11. LGBT lobby continuing to target children for indoctrination I see…

    1. Wibble.

  12. Nutcase.

  13. No doubt there is a lot of homophobic bullying still in schools, but professional sociological surveys by Dr Eric Anderson and others show that there is much LESS homophobia now in schools and colleges than a few years ago. This does not mean a problem does not exist in many schools, only that the good news should be reported along with the bad. Stonewall have a reputation of only reporting bad news and this is extremely damaging as it gives the impression that nothing has changed when for many people it has.

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