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Homophobia in Lithuanian schools

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Kamila Gasińska

on 29 July 2015

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No one is bullied, because everyone understands, that homosexuality is a serious illness and the person should get help. Male, 39 years old

If sexual minorities attracted less attention to themselves, no one would be bullied and no one would get hurt. Female, age unknown

In our school homophobic bullying is not a problem. However, students say that the problem is caused by provocative behavior of sexual minorities. If they behaved like every other normal people, everything would be fine. Female, age unknown

How do we fight the problem? We ask homosexual students not to demonstrate their sexual orientation and not to provoke bullying. Female, 47 years old

What should be done
Sexual education
Adding LGBT topics in school curriculum
Workshops for teachers on LGBT related issues
More positive information about LGBT people in media
Main findings: students
• 31% of students don’t feel safe at school because of their sexual orientation.
• Almost 20% of students haven’t revealed information about their sexual orientation at school. More than a half only came out to their closest person.

79% said they were bullied at school because of their sexual orientation.
• Students say that in their opinion the best way to combat homophobic bullying in schools is sexual education lessons. They would also want more classes, where LGBT issues would be raised. More than a half of students lack clear school policy on homophobic bullying.
A few words about LGL
National LGBT rights association since 1995.
Member of ILGA, IGLYO, EPOA (European Pride Organisers Association), TGEU (Transgender Europe) and ANSO (Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Organizations).
Homophobia in Lithuanian schools
Research on homophobic bullying
136 secondary school teachers
166 young lesbian, gay and bisexual students (14-20 years old)
Main findings: teachers
57% of teachers don’t think homophobic bullying take place in their school
65% don’t know if there any LGB students at school, 25% think there are none
17% don’t want to have LGB student in their class or will feel uncomfortable if they have one
68% don’t think that school is the right place to reveal one's sexual orientation
52% don't think anything should be done about this situation because they don’t see a problem
32% don't have any knowledge or skills to combat homophobic bullying
25% say that lack of sexual education is the main barrier in fighting homophobic bullying
19% - political situation is the main barrier in fighting the problem

Kamila Gasinska

Quick overlook of situation in Lithuania
The Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information
Censorship of LGL’s video on LGBT people's lives
Neringa's Dangvyde fairy tale book "Amber Heart" including characters in same-sex couples, was banned and permanently withdrawn from sale
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