Who experiences homophobic or transphobic bullying?
- Young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
- Young people who are thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
- Young people who are different in some way – they may not act like the other boys and girls.
- Young people who have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender friends or family.
- Any young person can experience homophobic or transphobic bullying, whether they are LGBT or not.
What is homophobic bullying?
Using the word ’gay’ as an insult is homophobic. Calling someone ‘gay’ as away of suggesting there is something ‘wrong’ with being lesbian or gay ishomophobic.
Being on the receiving end of homophobia hurts....and you don’t need to belesbian or gay to suffer homophobia.
Fact: people do not choose their sexual orientation.
Fact: people do choose to be homophobic.
What are you going to do about it?
- You can challenge homophobia when you hear or see it.
- You can support and value your friends, regardless of their sexual orientation or other differences.
- If you are experiencing homophobic bullying or know someone who is, report it …don’t be silent.
East Sussex County Council works with Stonewall to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Stonewall has a range of ideas for young people and staff who want to make a difference in their school. For more information on campaign ideas and volunteering opportunities please see the Stonewall website. More details on how to report a hate incident can be found on our Reporting a hate incident page