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Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Homophobic Bullying in schools

It didn't come as a total surprise to learn today that homophobic bullying is still endemic in most schools. A report by Stonewall indicated that around two thirds of gay and lesbian people under 19 were bullied at school because of their sexuality. Schools still seem to be one of the main places where homophobia is acceptable. Its not.

One of this government's proudest achievements over the last ten years has been the work it has done to improve equality. I think by and large attitudes towards gay people have changed and are changing but the report shows that there is still a great deal of work to be done to change people's prejudices.

It seems to me that Stonewall is doing a great job helping do that - its campaign recently "Some people are gay. Get over it" - was really good I thought. But it looks like the government is still dragging its feet over important legislation to make equality of service for gay people in public bodies mandatory. Why doesn't the government just do this? Sometimes in politics there are clear rights and wrongs. This is one of those occasions. It is easy, natural Labour territory.

I suppose though it takes more than just legislation to change attitudes and that is why education is so important and charities and organisations like Stonewall, working in partnership with the government, play an important role.

Today's report was a reminder that there's still a lot left to do in this area.

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