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LGBTQ+ YOUNG PEOPLE

As around 6% of the UK population (3.9 million people) may identify as LGBT, each school is likely to have 2 lesbian, gay or bisexual pupils per class and one trans young person per year group. 

 

SCHOOLS LAW

The law is clear that schools must meet the needs of all LGBT young people and tackle homophobic, biphobia and transphobic (HBT) bullying. It is important that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) meets the needs of all young people. 

Schools can help create an inclusive environment in which LGBT young people will feel safe, happy and fulfil their potential if they:

  • Take a whole school approach to tackling HBT bullying and language

  • Challenge gender stereotypes from an early age  

  • Ensure LGBT people and different families form part of inclusive RSE and other curriculum areas

  • Make LGBT people visible in aspects of school life including library books, positive posters and special events   

  • Work with other schools and organisations to meet the needs of pupils, including the provision of information and support

All staff, not just LGBT staff, can be important role models for all young people by talking positively about LGBT people.

 

Advice & Support

The Beaumont Society - Help and advice for individuals and families. UK charity

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) - a charity providing training, resources and support services to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning (LGBT+) people. 

Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gay Men (FFLAG) - FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.

Gendered Intelligence - Support for Young people, families, professionals. UK charity, Lottery funded.

GIRES - information for trans people, their families and professionals who care for them.

The Intercom Trust - is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ charity working across the South West, providing a range of help and support.

The LGBT Consortium - The LGBT Consortium Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) Bullying Alliance (‘The Alliance’) are a nationwide partnership of LGBT organisations. UK charity

Mermaids - Supports children and teenagers (up to 19) who are dealing with gender identity issues, as well as their parents/carers and families.

NHS Choices website signpost to gender dysphoria clinics

The Proud Trust - For young people, professionals. Training, resources, info. UK charity

Schools Out - their overarching goal is to make schools and educational institutions safe spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities. Website offers articles, research and other resources.

Stonewall - Campaigning and educational charity for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. Education Champions for schools.