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New anti-bullying charity chair calls for ‘visible gay sexuality’ in schools

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  1. Craig Denney 6 Aug 2012, 2:05pm

    “necessary to “make sexuality human” if anti-homophobic bullying efforts are to be successful”

    Those Tory Christan’s in the Government will not like this idea!

    1. The ones who refer to gay individuals as “the homosexual lobby” will not like to see the human side of homosexuality presented in schools, and the whole spiel of anti-gay religious groups hinges on dehumanising gay people and presenting homosexuality as nothing more than a sinful and unacceptable activity, I don’t imagine Catholic schools will be very cooperative.

  2. Its a very sensible and rational approach to tackle homophobia, bullying and responsibility.

  3. Why is there duplication here – schools Out already do fantastic work – why another set up?

    1. Why are there multiple animal charities, children’s charities, cancer charities etc?

      And more importantly, why do you care if there are two?

      Twice as much good work is being done now. That’s a good thing!

      DRM are a fantastic organisation and do great work.

      1. I care because I think so much money is wasted in duplication of services – oh will they be allowed into faith schools?

        lee

  4. Mr. Blake OBE is quite handsome. ^_^

  5. Homosexuality and positive role model is an oxymoron!

    1. Bigotry and grammatical English certainly seem to be mutually exclusive.

  6. It is so important for LGBT staff to “come out” in schools and provide positive role models, challenging the invisibility.

    For too many years, unchallenged homophobia in otherwise progressive and liberal schools, has been the elephant in the room.

    And what is also great is when students are courageous enough to come out when they reach their late teens and are able to deal with the pressures and flak a bit better.

    Things are changing for the better, and this new initiative sounds excellent.

    1. You obviously don’t understand the “T” side, so please just say “LGB”.

      Transsexual children come out at anything from their second year of life, and face a form of bullying, often right from the starting school, unlike that gay teens face. They aren’t looking for “T” teachers as role models, since they just want to be ordinary men and women, not someone marked as different, or of the other transgender diversities that realize and transition late in life. Unfortunately DRM too, whilst claiming to serve “T” children, doesn’t seem to understand that.

  7. jean stephenson 6 Aug 2012, 9:42pm

    I would just like to ask what makes gay bullying a special case? Children always have and always will find something to bully other children over: too fat, too tall, to posh, too clever, red hair, in my own case, four eyes and a snob, just because I lived in a big house! All bullying should be dealt with equally. No special case has been made for other areas of bullying.

    1. haven’t seen people killing themself in the media because of bullying for those reasons though, young gay people at school already feel bad about themselves and hate themselves for not being “Normal” they don’t need it from other people too.

    2. Guglielmo Marinaro 6 Aug 2012, 11:18pm

      I don’t see what that’s got to do with it. We have things special weeks or months for breast cancer awareness, prostate cancer awareness etc. I don’t know how effective these are, but I’ve never yet heard anyone say, “We should be fighting ALL kinds of cancer, not just breast cancer” or “Why all these adverts about prostate cancer? No special case has been made for other kinds of cancer.”

      However, as a former teacher, I can give one reason for a particular drive against anti-gay bullying. It is the one form of bullying that some pupils still actually think that they have a RIGHT to get away with. No doubt some have been encouraged in this by stupid, thoughtless things that they have heard their parents say. That idea needs to be stamped on very firmly indeed.

      1. “It is the one form of bullying that some pupils still actually think that they have a RIGHT to get away with.” — No it is not the only one. I would guess some bullies have that impression whoever they are bullying. But a special survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission 2 years ago found that trans pupils were the worst bullied by far, and, furthermore, most teachers felt they shouldn’t expect better. Trans is still listed as a mental disorder, you will recall, and it is still widely taught that children will “grow out of it”, which implies they are just causing people a lot of unnecessary trouble, and some peer pressure might speed things up. Some sermonisers have advocated such pressure explicitly too.

    3. Of course all bullying should be dealt with equally, but the fact is that some bullying is regarded as much more acceptable than others, it it is the reasons for that tolerance which need special attention.

      But when Stonewall and others talk about action against bullying but only mean homophobic bullying, it does have the affect you mention. They do the same on workplace discrimination too; holding “diversity awards” where the winners can be as bad as anyone to trans people, or ethnic minorities, or women, or the disabled, or older people, as long as they seem OK to L&G people.

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