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  1. Jock S. Trap 5 Jul 2012, 11:49am

    The biggest problem is the mainstream media in general. Very often reports in papers etc about the LGBT community are included with out of date facts and figures, discriminating terms and This should be tackled to make the media keep up to date with the real facts and report positively not the constant negative way they do.

    Schools have a lot of work to do and could learn a lot from those that see the problems and deal with them via education.

    We already have evidence that to teach children that certain words are offensive in the way they are used and how they hurt, goes a long way into acceptance and tackling bullying.

    A national campaign should be drawn up for all schools to follow the same route. Cancel Amendment 70 and teach our community in a positive light.

    That includes All religious schools.

    Amendment 70 Allows religious schools to teach homosexuality according to belief and therefore will be taught in a negative, damaging way.

    1. Jock S. Trap 5 Jul 2012, 11:51am

      The younger we teach acceptance of all around us the better we can see a way forward.

      Oh and too those bigoted who write here I said Acceptance Not sex! You know who you are potty brain!

  2. ‘Bailey says that parents are the experts in deciding whether something is appropriate for their child.’

    I’m sorry, but with the lack of respect decreasing all the time in state schools and the teachers not being able to control as class room I don’t think I would call most parents these days ‘Experts’.

    I would also like to say that is it all good and fine yelling at the BBC for not being more LGTB friendly and trying to stop bulling in schools but really…

    How much help and advice are we giving them? How much advice are we giving them in going about to be more LGTB friendly?

    If we can offer our help and knowledge to the BBC they would be in a better position to portray LGTB relationships in TV and Drama.

    Please reply, I am just giving my opition and would like to know others. I just think that we are not helping helping and we should do more than just yell at them….

  3. Kimiko Kotani 5 Jul 2012, 12:03pm

    I fail to see how including shows that include gay parents or shows aimed at young teens which show them falling in love for the first time having gay characters will sexualise children. We’re not asking for porn- just representation. Lots of children have, or have friends who have, LGBT parents or family members. It doesn’t sexualise them having them around, it’s just who their family is. The media needs to get a grip. Besides, many of the kids in the demographic will be handling first crushes and whatnot, and guess what? Like my son (in this age group), they’ll be gay! Giving them good fictional role models and signs of acceptance will only do good.

  4. Children are unfortunately the receptacles of their parents tendency toward moral panic these days. It’s all the more ironic for a country in which much of the population, especially the right-wing media, actually despises children.

    Media pressure brought down the age of criminal responsibility to age 12 after the murder of Jamie Bulger and barely a day goes by without some journo campaigning for the return of corporal punishment of children as the norm.

    So I don’t know what to make of Middle England, who entertain a pathological fear of children, demanding the rest of the world ought to let “children be children”? I worry such parents are a greater threat to the normal development of their child than anybody else.

  5. I agree that a more inclusive media would help tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

    However an even more effective method of tackling homophobic bullying would be an immediate cessation of all state funding to faith schools.

  6. Who cares we only care about getting married!

  7. Callum Strode 9 Jul 2012, 4:34am

    More inclusive media paired with more inclusive education would yes. The FAIR education act (Senate Bill 48 in the US) has already reduced homophobic bullying in schools by 13% in the short time it has been in place. It includes LGBT civil rights history into the curriculum, of course it’s under attack by anti-gay groups right now. Lets hope it doesn’t get repealed.

  8. James Campbell 6 Dec 2013, 2:30am

    Part of my work in child mental health involves visiting children in their school setting. Several of the children in my case-load had been referred due to bullying, many incidents which could be described as homophobic, transphobic and disability phobic. I raised my concerns with an Education department officer and asked what guidance was given to schools – her answer “Currently we only concentrate on racism and sexism, but we have talked about convening a group to ascertain the need for action regarding the areas you mention”.

    ‘Convene a meeting?!’ how many brain cells does it take to work out that ALL discrimination and bullying must be eradicated in our schools?

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