Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language is endemic in Britain’s schools.
86 per cent of LGBT young people report hearing phrases like ‘that's so gay’ and ‘you’re so gay’ in school, and 61 per cent of trans young people report experiencing verbal abuse.
Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language has a damaging impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people, making them feel less happy and able to fulfil their potential at school, and may lead to bullying further down the line. The following resources have been designed to support staff and young people to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language in school.
Guides for school staff
Providing staff and school leaders with straightforward practical ways to prevent and respond to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language:
10 Steps to Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Language
Outlines 10 clear steps that will help primary and secondary staff address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and includes definitions and examples of hurtful language as well as how to link in with Stonewall’s NoBystanders campaign to implement this work.
Guide for students
A guide for young people on how they can tackle the use of the word ‘gay’ amongst their peers.
These resources have really made us think differently as a school about how the word ‘gay’ is used. I think staff often feel they don’t know where to start in challenging this language, and perhaps think that it isn’t meant to be harmful. We leave the student guide out for young people to pick up, and have put lots of things in place as a result of the teacher’s guide.
A series of three posters to accompany our guides.