Homophobic Bullying in Schools

Bullying can cause long-lasting damage to young people and badly affects the schools and colleges that take no measures to tackle it. Homophobia can affect any pupil or student, whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight, and this form of bullying can be especially confusing, vicious, isolating, and life-changing.

All schools have a duty of care to ensure the safety of, and to protect the emotional wellbeing of, every person in their care. School managers need to be aware of the homophobia endemic in British schools, and its effects on learning, health, and self-esteem. Anti-bullying activities can improve pupils� behaviour, social relationships, and level of academic achievement. Visit Stonewall's Education For All campaign for their recommendations on how schools can create an inclusive culture.

If you are experiencing homophobic bullying at school, you may be:

  • Unsure of your sexuality.
  • Struggling with your schoolwork.
  • Playing truant a lot.
  • Feeling bad about yourself and your future.
  • Feeling frightened or alone.

The most important thing is to talk to someone. There are people and organisations who can listen to you, understand you, and respect your confidentiality. Contact Men's Sexual Health or see our Links section for details of other websites that can provide support. You needn�t suffer in silence.