LGBT History Month

3. Promoting equality & challenging homophobic bullying

Promoting messages of equality and celebrating difference supports the development of positive self identity, helping to combat stereotypical attitudes that can lead to negative perceptions of LGBT people and later bullying of any child who is perceived as being ‘different’.

Boys who work hard, girls who play sport, young people with gay parents, and young people who are thought to be gay, can all experience homophobic bullying in both primary and secondary school - any pupil perceived as 'different' falls victim.

Primary schools are ideally placed for this because they make a significant contribution to the development of values and attitudes in young children who may be resistant to change in later life. Stonewall has produced a Primary Best Practice Guide – How primary schools are celebrating difference and tackling homophobia.

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