Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week 2015
Homophobic and transphobic bullying is still a problem in Irish schools
This week is Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week. Organised by BeLonG To Youth Services, the campaign aims to address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools. It calls on young people in Ireland to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friends and peers. Homophobia is discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay or bisexual people, and transphobia is discrimination experienced by transgender people.
As part of this, BeLonG To have produced a pack to be used by teachers and youth workers to help them promote Stand Up! week in their school or service. This year’s pack includes additional and updated resources for transgender students. You can download the pack here, which is full of suggestions, resources and information.
Why is a campaign like this needed?
Many LGBT young people still encounter significant amounts of homophobic and transphobic bullying in their school and local areas.
According to research commissioned by Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To in 2009, 50% of LGBT people experience bullying in schools, with the same research finding that this can have a serious impact on mental health. The Stand Up! campaign aims to address this by developing awareness, friendship and support for LGBT students by other students.
I’m experiencing homophobic or transphobic bullying
If you are experiencing homophobic or transphobic bullying, you can contact BeLonG To for support and information on 01 670 6223. If you urgently need to speak to someone, you can get in touch with Samaritans on 116 123 or e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are BeLonG To?
BeLonG To is the national organisation for LGBT young people, between the ages 14 and 23 in Ireland. They facilitate youth groups for LGBT young people all over the country, as well as providing a range of other services.
Recently, Moninne Griffith joined BeLonG To as their Executive Director. Moninne previously worked as the Director of Marriage Equality. Marriage Equality were one of the organisations that formed the YesEquality coalition, who were recently successful in campaigning for a Yes vote in May’s marriage referendum.
Fore more information, visit www.belongto.org