Youth workers

Homophobic bullying and other issues affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people can arise in any setting. If you are a youth worker you have an important role to play in tackling homophobia and promoting positive attitudes towards the lesbian, gay and bisexual young people community.

 z-Stonewall school champions

Do you know a school which needs support in tackling homophobic bullying and celebrating difference? Find out about Stonewall's School Champions programme.

Generic youth provisions 

All youth workers, whether they are working on projects specifically for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people or not, can have a key role to play in promoting positive attitudes towards LGB people. Homophobic bullying can occur in any setting - including youth groups and centres. If you hear the young people you work with using phrases like ‘That’s so gay’ and ‘You’re so gay’ or engaging in other forms of homophobia then you have a role to play in challenging this. Stonewall has produced many different resources and guides which you will find useful. Read more 

Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth groups

Local youth groups for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people are often an early point of contact for young people who are coming to terms with their sexual orientation. Almost two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying and seven in ten gay pupils have never been taught about gay issues in class. Youth groups can fill this gap by providing essential information, resources and opportunities to meet other LGB young people not available at school. Stonewall has produced awareness raising resources as well as guidance to support you in your work. Read more

Good practice

Many youth workers are already very successful in preventing and tackling homophobic bullying and in supporting all the young people they work with. Read more

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