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Stonewall Education Champion logoStonewall's Education for All campaign, launched in January 2005, helps tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools and works with a wide coalition of groups.

More recently Stonewall has formed partnerships with organisations outside Parliament to ensure the rights and needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are addressed in the wider community.

Stonewall has also raised public awareness in terms of civil partnership, through our Get Hitched guide and on the changes to the employment regulations relating to sexual orientation through guides for both employers and employees.

In addition, Stonewall promotes new research on issues such as hate crime, lesbian health and homophobic bullying in schools.

Gloucestershire County Council is now a Stonewall Education Champion and wishes to promote equal rights and opportunities for all children and young people in the county, no matter what their sexual orientation.

As part of the Education Champions programme, local authorities work with Stonewall and each other to establish ways in which they can address homophobic bullying and promote a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people.

 December 2016 Newsletter

Stonewall School Report on Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (2017)

The experiences of lesbian, gay, bi, and trans young people in Britain's schools in 2017

Conducted in partnership with the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, this study found that 45% of LGBT pupils in Britain's schools are bullied for being LGBT, down from 55% in 2012.

Use of homophobic language has also decreased, with 52% of LGBT people hearing homophobic sluts 'frequently' or 'often' at school, down from 69% in 2012.

Schools are increasingly willing to address LGBT issues within the classroom. in 2012 more than half of the LGBT pupils (53%) had never been taught about LGBT issues at school; this has fallen to 40% today.

The research also shows that schools are much more likely to condemn homophobic and biphobic bullying than in previous years. This year seven in ten LGBT young people reported that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and just a quarter in 2007.

But while these improvement are encouraging, the report also reveals a much more distressing side to life for LGBT young people today. Rates of poor mental health are alarmingly high among LGBT young people: more than 4 in 5 trans young people (84%) have self-harmed, as have 3 in 5 lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren't trans (61%).

More than 2 in 5 trans young people (45%) have attempted to take their own life, and 1 in 5 lesbian gay and bi students who aren't trans (22%) have done the same.

The report also gound that nearly 1 in 10 trans pupils (95) are subjected to death threats at school, and 2 in 5 LGBT young people are bullied online.

Just 1 in 5 LGBT young peoplehave been taught about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships, demonstrating the desperate need for LGBT-inclusive RSE.

Click here for the full School Report (2017)