"Report: 99 percent of gay pupils hear homophobic language in school" 5 July 2012, 12:43pm
A report launched today has found that 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in Britain’s secondary schools experience homophobic bullying, while 99 percent hear the word ‘gay’ being used disparagingly at their schools.
The University of Cambridge research for Stonewall’s School Report 2012, launched at its Education for All conference, included a national survey of 1,614 young people. It found that nearly a quarter, 23 per cent, of gay young people had attempted to take their own life, and more than half, 56 per cent, deliberately harm themselves.
99 per cent of gay young people hear homophobic language using the word ‘gay’ in a disparaging way, using it as an insult or to imply something’s inferiority. However, a quarter of gay young people, over a third in faith schools, said teachers never challenge homophobic language.
In schools where teaching staff never challenge homophobic remarks, the rate of homophobic bullying is far higher than in schools where such language is always challenged at 71 per cent compared to 43 per cent.
PDF of Stonewall's full 35 page report: Bullying Report 2012: UK's "THE SCHOOL REPORT"
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