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The school report: the experience of gay young people in Britain’s schools, 06/07/12 [E/S/W]

This survey by Stonewall of 1,600 gay, lesbian and bi-sexual people aged between 11 and 19 revealed more than half had suffered from homophobic bullying at school.

Among the key findings are that the use of homophobic language is endemic:

  • Almost all (99 per cent) gay young people hear the phrases ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school and ninety six per cent of gay pupils hear homophobic language such as ‘poof’ or ‘lezza’;
  • Three in five gay pupils who experience homophobic bullying say that teachers who witness the bullying never intervene;
  • Only half of gay pupils report that their schools say homophobic bullying is wrong, even fewer do in faith schools (37 per cent);
  • Homophobic bullying has a profoundly damaging impact on young people’s school experience. One in three (32 per cent) gay pupils experiencing bullying change their future educational plans because of it and three in five say it impacts directly on their school work;
  • Gay people who are bullied are at a higher risk of suicide, self-harm and depression. Two in five (41 per cent) have attempted or thought about taking their own life directly because of bullying and the same number say that they deliberately self-harm directly because of bullying.
For full details see The school report: the experience of gay young people in Britain’s schools which is available from the Stonewall website.

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The school report: the experience of gay young people in Britain’s schools