‘Beacon of Hope’ as new guide Being LGBT in School launched

Being LGBT EILEMinister for Education launches new Resource for Post-Primary Schools to Prevent Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying and Support LGBT Students

Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, launched the new GLEN/Dept of Education and Skills resource for post-primary schools on providing safe, supportive and affirmative environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in schools yesterday 28th January.

The Resource includes the first ever guidance for post-primary schools on supporting students who are transgender.

Every classroom in every school has young people who are LGBT. School life for many of these young people is still very difficult, often with serious consequences for the self-esteem and mental health of the most vulnerable”

according to Sandra Irwin-Gowran, GLEN’s Director of Education.

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan TD, speaking at the launch said:

“I am delighted that my Department is supporting this resource.  It will support schools in the implementation of my Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures, by providing support to key members of school staff on addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying and on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students”. 

It is important that we create a positive culture and climate in our schools where all students feel accepted and welcome regardless of their background or sexual orientation” continued the Minister.

Very many school communities and school leaders are looking for guidance to ensure that their schools are welcoming for all students, and that the young LGBT people in their care are safe, supported and affirmed” says Irwin-Gowran.

We hope that young LGBT people in our schools will see this resource as a beacon of hope that the goodwill that now exists among the educational community and the broad Irish public will result in transformed school climates that fully include and value them” said Irwin-Gowran.

The Guide has been developed by GLEN with the support of the Department of Education and Skills, in association with a wide range of Education Partners, and builds on the Departments’ 2013 Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools

The resource will be sent to every second level school in the country.

You can view the guide at:

www.glen.ie/attachments/Being_LGBT_at_School_-_Jan_2016.pdf

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