I felt like whatever I was doing was worthless. Even if I did well in school, it wouldn’t matter to people because all they would care about is me being gay.
Zoe, 12, Secondary School Pupil, England
Since 2007 ‘Get Over It!’ has helped tackle bullying in the classroom
A simple message created by students and teachers has been seen in every classroom, in tube carriages and on the sides of hundreds of buses up and down the country. The message has also been taken up by celebrities, politicians and sports stars and activists all over the world.
Schools should be secure and happy environments where all young people can focus on their education. However:
Nearly half of LGBT pupils (45 per cent) – including 64 per cent of trans pupils – are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools.
Seven in 10 LGBT pupils report that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and a quarter in 2007.
Just one in five LGBT pupils have been taught about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships
One in three trans pupils (33 per cent) are not able to be known by their preferred name at school, while three in five (58 per cent) are not allowed to use the toilets they feel comfortable in
LGBT figures taken from The School Report (2017)
‘Get Over It!’ is Stonewall’s campaign to tackle this problem and change attitudes.