Teen students bullied in homophobic classrooms
Published 01/09/2011 | 17:31
The results of a study, which shows that two thirds of young gay men have experienced homophobic bullying, are not surprising, according to gay rights group BeLongTo.
The research, carried out at Trinity College, showed that one third of young gay females also reported having been bullied at second level.
Up to 824 fifth-year students across nine schools were surveyed.
Michael Barron, of BeLongTo, claimed that that figures were not surprising.
And he said that while bullying of young gay men get “more airing”, it’s also a huge issue for young women.
According to Mr.Barron one of the biggest changes is that more and more young people are coming out as gay or bisexual while they’re still in secondary school.
But he said that homophobic bullying is “ever-present”.
Mr. Barron added that it is urgent that all teachers need to ensure that gay young people are treated equally.