Stonewall has recruited new high-profile people to support our Education for All campaign, which tackles homophobic bullying in schools. The household names – including all of the three main party leaders - have spoken out about the urgent need to tackle the epidemic of homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools to tie in with National Anti-Bullying Week (16 – 20 November).
Laura Doughty, Stonewall’s Director of Communications, said: ‘Stonewall is asking supporters of equality to get much more involved in direct campaigning – both during National Anti-Bullying Week and beyond. It’s key for us to engage with people in ways they can respond to easily. Become our friend on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with exciting ways you can get more involved.’
As part of National Anti-Bullying Week, Stonewall has launched another national ad campaign – this time on the buses. 3,500 bus interior panels in England, Scotland and Wales will display the pupil-devised slogan to the campaign ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ Laura Doughty said: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ was created by young people for young people. So for Anti-Bullying Week we’re directly targeting young people travelling to and from school on buses.’
YouGov research undertaken on behalf of Stonewall this year found that nine in ten secondary school teachers and more than two in five primary school teachers say their pupils currently experience homophobic bullying. Nine in ten teachers at secondary and primary schools have never received any specific training on how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying. Stonewall is currently making a DVD of ‘FIT’ - our touring play for schools - which promotes respect and understanding of lesbian and gay lives.
To find out more about all of Stonewall’s activities for National Anti-Bullying week visit: www.stonewall.org.uk/antibullying
'Lesbian, gay or bisexual young people should never have to experience bullying. Stonewall's Anti-Bullying Week campaign shows them people are out there to support. Please get involved any way you can.'
- Skin, lead singer, Skunk Anansie
'If we all put our minds to it, together we can tackle homophobic bullying. Support Stonewall this Anti-Bullying Week to make sure all lesbian, gay and bisexual young people can lead happy and positive lives.'
- Derren Brown, illusionist
'I'm a huge supporter of equality. But lesbian and gay young people don't get treated equally at school. They get stigmatised and bullied just because of who they are. Support Stonewall during Anti-Bullying Week so young people can achieve 100% of their potential.'
- Beverley Knight, singer
'Stonewall's Education for All campaign has shown how homophobic bullying has festered as a result of Section 28. I'm very proud of how hard this Government fought for repeal, and of the work we now undertake to ensure that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are safe and happy at school. I'm a proud supporter of equality and delighted to give Stonewall my full support for your activities for Anti-Bullying Week.'
- Gordon Brown, Prime Minister
'I’m pleased to support Stonewall’s Education for All campaign. November’s Anti-Bullying Week gives us the opportunity to highlight the prevalence of homophobic bullying in our schools and the impact it has on young people’s lives. More needs to be done to tackle bullying in all its forms and I fully support Stonewall’s campaigning to combat the problem.'
- David Cameron, Conservative Party leader
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