Stonewall Cymru has launched two essential new resources as part of their Education For All campaign to help tackle homophobic bullying in Welsh schools. The Spell It Out DVD pack and Some People Are Gay. Get Over It! posters were launched on 13 October at County Hall, Cardiff, and on 20 October at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph.
Spell It Out is a 17-minute long bilingual DVD, produced with the support of the Welsh Assembly Government. It will give education professionals an increased understanding of homophobic bullying and provide a range of practical and effective strategies to challenge it.
The Some People Are Gay. Get Over It! bilingual poster campaign is supported by all of the major teaching unions, and was developed in collaboration with 150 secondary school students and their teachers. This clear, bold message will raise the issue of homophobic bullying in schools, and remind people that discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people is not acceptable.
The DVD and posters will be distributed to all secondary schools in Wales. The posters are also being sent to all primary schools, to be displayed in staff rooms, to raise staff awareness of the issue of homophobia, and to help show support for LGB staff.
Education Minister Jane Hutt said: "Eradicating homophobic bullying, and indeed all bullying is a huge challenge, but one that we are determined to take on as a government. I am thankful to Stonewall Cymru, for taking the lead on the issue of homophobic bullying in schools. I urge all schools to use these materials as a starting point to engage young people in classroom discussions to better inform them about bullying of this nature. I sincerely hope that these resources, along with WAG guidelines that will be issued next year, will help towards bringing an end to the victimisation of individuals based on their sexuality."
Dr. Philip Dixon, Director of the education union ATL, said: "The poster campaign will help young LGB people and their friends to tackle prejudice and hate, but also give the green light to staff members to do the same. It's great that Wales is creating a culture in which homophobic bullying is completely unacceptable, and it means that the long shadow of the iniquitous section 28 is finally being removed."
Liz Morgan, Director of Stonewall Cymru, said: "Stonewall Cymru is delighted to be launching this first ever bilingual resource for teachers. Its impact will be wide-ranging, equipping teachers across Wales with the necessary tools to tackle homophobic bullying."
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