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Bullying

Bullying can take lots of different forms, but all of them can be upsetting and difficult to deal with.

Homophobia and homophobic bullying can damage your self-esteem, make you scared to go to school and have an effect on how well you do in your exams. Nobody has to put up with bullying: this section of the website is designed to point you in the right direction for support and information.

First and foremost, it’s important to know that you don’t have to put up with any kind of bullying. It is your right to be educated without fear and your school has a duty to look after you. It’s important to know that if you report bullying of any kind – and homophobic bullying is no different – then your school must take it seriously and must do something about it.

Please visit respectme's website for more information:

www.respectme.org.uk

First and foremost, it’s important to know that you don’t have to put up with any kind of bullying.

You have the right to be protected at school. Your school’s Anti-Bullying Policy sets out the ways in which your school deals with bullying incidents. If you don’t feel that your bullying is being addressed properly by your school ask to see what the policy says.

Some people find it useful to make a note or keep a diary of when and how they are being bullied. It can help things from getting muddled in your head if you’re stressed out and when you do tell someone about the bullying it will act as clear evidence of what has happened.

Telling someone about being bullied is difficult enough but if you’re being bullied because you’re LGB or T then it can be even more difficult – maybe you don’t want to say anything because you don’t want to come out yet and maybe the thought of bringing it up with your parents or a teacher is the last thing you want to do. It’s important to do whatever feels right for you and sometimes it’s good to chat it over with someone objective first of all – have a look at the advice, support and information numbers further down the page.

Whatever you do it’s important to stay in control of the situation – if you do tell someone don’t let it be taken out of your hands, it’s up to you what happens next.

Bullying isn’t just an issue for schools – it can happen anywhere and at any age.

A law has been in place since 2003 to protect students in further and higher education and employees in the workplace.

The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations outlaw discrimination, victimisation and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation. In short, homophobic bullying in college, university or the workplace is illegal and your employer, college or university is legally obliged to take action on your behalf.

You can get more information about these new rights and protections at:

www.berr.gov.uk/employment/discrimination/emp-equality-regs-2003/amendments-civil-partnership/index.html

We can support you in a number of ways.

Maybe you want to talk to somebody about bullying? Depending on where you live you might be able to have a 1-2-1 chat with one of our workers.

You can find out about youth groups in your area in the Groups section below, or you can chat to a youth worker online through our chat service, text service, or email info@lgbtyouth.org.uk

ChildLine is also a really good source of information and support – you can get lots of information about bullying and ways of dealing with it on their website:
www.childline.org.uk/bullying

You can also call 0800 1111 to chat to one of their experienced counsellors.

respect me

respectme is Scotland's anti-bullying service. It has a range of advice and information for young people, parents, carers and professionals. It is run in partnership between LGBT Youth Scotland and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health).

To find out more, visit their website by clicking the logo below.