BeLonG To have released a moving new video to highlight homophobic and transphobic bullying in Irish schools, as part of their annual Stand Up! campaign.
The video shows a teenage girl, getting ready for her debs ball, being the target of homophobia by her schoolmates. Research funded by the Department of Education and Skills and carried out by Dublin City University found that 79% of teachers were aware of homophobic bullying in their schools.
In 2010, BeLonG To provided 700 Stand Up! Awareness Week educational packs to youth services in the country. This number has increased every year since, with more than 2,240 being distributed for 2014. The packs include information on homophobic and transphobic bullying for teachers and youth workers, educational DVDs, a discussion guide, lesson plans, posters and other promotional material. Events are also taking place to promote the initiative in youth centres around the country.
Dr. Carol-Anne O’Brien, BeLonG To Director of Advocacy said:
“Research shows that, unfortunately, homophobic and transphobic bullying are widespread in Irish schools. Stand Up! tackles bullying by bringing a positive message of friendship to all students across Ireland. Stand Up! also tells LGBT young people that they are not alone, and they do not have to suffer or witness homophobic or transphobic bullying in their schools.”
For more information on BeLonG To’s Stand Up! campaign, visit belongto.org.