The Mayor supported Stonewall (external website) to distribute the FIT DVD, launched in January 2010, to all secondary schools in the UK as a resource to combat homophobic bullying.
Homophobic bullying continues to be one of the critical issues affecting young LGB people. In Stonewall’s 2007 report, The School Report, the endemic nature of homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools was documented:
- 65 per cent of young lesbian and gay pupils reported homophobic bullying;
- 98 per cent of young gay people hear the phrases “that’s so gay” or “you’re so gay” in school;
- Less than a quarter (23 per cent) have been told that homophobic bullying is wrong in their school.
- In schools that have said homophobic bullying is wrong, gay young people are 60 per cent more likely not to have been bullied.
- Over half of lesbian and gay pupils do not feel able to be themselves at school.
- 35 per cent of gay pupils do not feel safe or accepted at school.
Homophobic bullying frequently takes the form of physical violence:
- 41 per cent of those bullied experienced physical abuse;
- 17 per cent death threats and
- 13 per cent were threatened with a weapon.