Stonewall Reveals Nearly Half Of Trans Pupils Have Attempted Suicide
27 June 2017, 11:36 | Updated: 27 June 2017, 11:44
However, there is some encouraging news about homophobic bullying.
Stonewall has revealed the results of its latest survey looking at the experiences of LGBT pupils in schools and colleges across the UK.
The survey included 3,700 lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people and it revealed that while LGBT bullying has decreased in the last five years, it still has a severe effect of the lives of young people, particularly trans pupils.
According to the LGBTQ rights organisation, eight out of 10 trans young people have self-harmed and almost half have attempted to kill themselves. Nearly one in 10 have received death threats at school.
There was a reduction, however, in reports of homophobic bullying. 45% of young people surveyed said they had been bullied for their sexual orientation or gender identity, compared with 55% in 2012 and 65% ten years ago in 2007. While 45% is still unacceptably high, it's encouraging to see the rates drop.
Other key statistics from the study included usage of homophobic language, which is still widespread. 52% said they hear remarks such as ‘faggot’ or ‘lezza’ frequently, or often, in school, although this has also dropped from 68% in 2012 and 71% in 2007.
Over two thirds (68%) of those questioned said their school says homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from 50% in 2012 and 25% 10 years ago. And around two fifths (40%) said they have never been taught about LGBT issues, down from 53% five years ago and 70% in 2007.
Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt said: "Our school years are one of the most formative periods of our lives, and we owe it to young LGBT people to ensure they don’t face discrimination or bullying because of who they are, but are supported to flourish and achieve.
"While our new School Report shows an improved experience for pupils in many ways, it also needs to act as a wake-up call for schools, government and politicians on just how far we still have to go."
"Almost half of LGBT young people are still bullied at school for being LGBT, and only one in five LGBT pupils have learned about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships. This must be urgently addressed."
Are you at school or college? How is homophobia and transphobia being dealt with at your school?
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