Classroom bullying can happen in all schools. We help people to think about homophobic bullying and their use of language, for example the term "that's so gay". Positive role models speak to classes of young people about their experiences of either being LGB or T or being a straight ally. Workshops are run by trained facilitators who lead discussions around stereotypes and friendship. After role models have spoken to the class, students have the opportunity to ask anonymous questions of the role models. The message is one of empathy and respect; we do not ask students to make any moral decision around sexual orientation, however we speak of the need for ALL young people to be able to achieve their best, which means removing discrimination and bullying in schools.
We're always happy to hear from people who want to know more about our work, who we have helped and how the workshops are delivered. If you have friends who you think would like to see visit their school or you are interested in knowing more yourself, you can contact us for some friendly advice.
Useful anti-bullying resources
We also work with a lot of other partners and can recommend support organisations including the following:
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard provides free, confidential support to LGBT people throughout the UK via their phone, instant messaging and email services.
Young Stonewall is a website from the charity Stonewall, for all young people to find out about issues affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people at home, work or school.
ChildLine provide confidential services for children and young people aged up to 19. You can contact them by phone, email or their 1-2-1 online chat service.
TheMix is an online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. They have advice articles on everything from sex and relationships to work and study and run community message boards and live chats where you can get peer support.
R U Coming Out is a collection of stories from lesbian, gay and bisexual people sharing their personal experience of coming out.
Ditch the Label run an online peer community offering support to children and young people who experience bullying.
"I will now be accepting of all these people and challenge people who act otherwise."
Year 8 pupil
"I learned that some people are different but that doesn't mean they should be treated badly. I will respect LGBT people more now."
Year 9 pupil