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Transcript of Homophobia
Head of Equality & Diversity
Almost two thirds (65%) of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience homophobic bullying Compared to 75% of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people attending faith schools Even if not being bullied directly, 98% of young lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils hear the phrases 'that's so gay' or 'you're so gay' in school - and over four fifths hear them frequently. Of those being bullied:
92% are subjected to verbal abuse 76% to malicious gossip 62% to intimidating looks 58% are ignored and isolated 41% are bullied online or through text messaging 30% find there property vandalised or stolen 41% are victims of physical abuse 17% receive death threats 13% are threatened with a weapon And 12% are sexually assaulted Homophobia in sport is a big issue in the news, as to date there has only ever been one openly gay English footballer, Justin Fashanu, who eventually committed suicide. The Football Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union have now joined the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in becoming the first signatories of the Charter for Action. Our campaign will have two simple aims... So, what has homophobia got to do with sex?
Hmmm? Well, for us, it's simple... Sexual health is not just about how you have sex - it's also about your emotional state. It's about how you're feeling before, during and afterwards. For example... young (gay) people who fear or experience homophobia are less likely to access appropriate information from reliable sources; instead they are more likely to obtain it from others, in environments that are more adult-orientated - both online and in reality. As a result, this usually means taking unnecessary risks and damage to their sexual health.
Sex is just one of many factors in maintaining sexual health and this is particularly true for young gay people. How PACE Youth feel prior to accessing support: 28% have attempted suicide by the time they reach us
27% feel isolated often or most of the time
23% never or only occasionally feel good about themselves
19% are deliberately hurting themselves at point on contact
30% feel worried/anxious often or most of the time The Stonewall School Report (2007) found:
Oh, AND we'd also like to run a highly visible poster campaign to go on buses and tubes and maybe make a national T.V. advert to run during the OLYMPICS... (since we never got any tickets!!) That's all, for now! (Thanks!!) :p We want to create a series of short films for/by youths from different backgrounds - but all sending out the same message - a bit like a 'viral' - to be uploaded to youtube and perhaps a 'making of' documentary to be made available to schools and colleges. Our campaign:
1) show how poor emotional health leads to poor sexual health in young people
2) tell EVERYONE that homophobia and prejudice is wrong (and also to give lgbt youth 'visibility' and the confidence to contact our youth workers for help).
Tanis and Connor from L.Q.Y.G