LGBT Youth Scotland Challenges Homophobia in Scottish Schools

LGBT Youth Scotland welcomes today’s article in the Scottish Herald, drawing attention to the many young people who experience homophobia and homophobic bullying in their lives. The full article can be found at:


Scott Gorman, 17, young person from LGBT Youth Scotland said “I was never actually hit but always seemed to be having liquids getting thrown over me. I got spat on and hot soup and chocolate milk thrown at me…In PE I was asked to use the disabled changing rooms as the other boys weren't comfortable with me sharing with them,"

LGBT Youth Scotland carried out research with 350 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people which will be published in autumn 2012. The preliminary results show that 67% had experienced homophobic bullying at school and almost 50% stated that they would not feel confident reporting homophobic bullying to school staff.

LGBT Youth Scotland has been working closely with schools, local authorities and the Scottish Government to reduce homophobic attitudes and homophobic bullying for over 10 years. One of our key projects is the Challenging Homophobia Together Schools Project funded by the Big Lottery. It provides training for school staff, interactive workshops for pupils and resources for schools. Resources are also available on-line for schools across Scotland including our Toolkit for Teachers, lesson plans, a poster campaign and our brand new pocket sized resource for pupils.

Cara Spence, Schools Development Manager said: “There are schools in Scotland that are working hard to reduce homophobic values and attitudes. However recent findings suggest that more needs to be done to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people are safe in Scottish Schools and that homophobic comments and incidents are dealt with consistently and effectively. LGBT Youth Scotland also provides direct support to LGBT Young people across Scotland and there are 21 LGBT Youth Groups either run or supported by us where LGBT young people can go and feel safe, supported and included”.

Brian Donnelly, Director of Scotland’s anti-bullying service respectme said: “respectme is managed in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland and SAMH…Dealing with homophobia and all prejudiced based bullying is a central tenet of not only respectme but of the Scottish Governments National Approach to anti-bullying.”

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Media Contact: Cara Spence, Schools Development Manager 

Telephone: 0131 555 3940 (Edinburgh office) for enquiries between 9am - 5pm 

Mobile: 07530313022 for enquiries after 5pm

Email: cara.spence@lgbtyouth.org.uk