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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.

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December 2016 Newsletter

 Come Out for Trans Equality

The fight for equality is far from over.  Join our campaign and show your support for trans people in Britain today.

Trans and non-binary people in Britain today face huge levels of abuse and discrimination, in all areas of their lives, simply for being themselves.  If you believe in equality, you have to join the fight to stop that.

This year, we have a chance to secure vital new rights for trans and non-binary people, but opponents are trying to stop change.  We need you to Come Out for Trans Equality to show that people across Britain support trans people's right to be accepted and live free from hate.

Click here to read the Newsletter and SIGN THE PLEDGE - January 2018

 

 

 

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 slurs '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)

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Creating a trans-inclusive school environment - response to Transgender Trend

For many trans young people school life is tough. More than half experience bullying, while more than two in five trans pupils have attempted to take their own life. The majority feel they have no adult to talk to at school or at home. Click here to view the full report - published 14/02/18

Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools - a new Stonewall resource

Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools.

According to a 2016 survey carried out by the Office of National Statistics, 1.8 per cent of 16-24 year-olds identified as bi, and in a 2015 YouGov poll, 43 per cent of 18-25 year-olds chose something other than ‘100% heterosexual’ or ‘100% homosexual’ when asked about their sexuality. 

The School Report 2017 shows that the specific experiences of bi students are often overlooked or assumed to be exactly the same as those of gay and lesbian students. It also found that more than a third of respondents ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ hear biphobic language, and that 35 per cent of bi students are bullied at school for being LGBT. Over two thirds of bi students have deliberately harmed themselves. 

This guide gives schools useful tips to tackling biphobia and bi erasure, and practical ideas to better support their bi students.

 

 

 

 

 

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