LGBT pupils more likely to be bullied if they are disabled, study shows

The TES is reporting that a charity is suggesting pupils who are disabled or have learning difficulties are significantly more likely to experience homophobic bullying than their mainstream classmates.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance cites data showing that 55 per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children are likely to be bullied at school about their sexuality or gender. Among LGBT pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities, however, that figure rises to 66 per cent…

The charity’s new guide – being published to mark the start of LGBT History Month in February – recommends that:

  • teachers must take reports of bullying seriously. Pupils often say that they are not believed when they report bullying;
  • teachers deliver sex and relationships education that mentions both homosexual sex and also sex among disabled people;  
  • teachers discuss being LGBT in school, as well as being LGBT and disabled.

Lauren Seager-Smith, of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said that reports of dual discrimination were cause for concern. “We must listen to disabled young people in our schools and act on their recommendations,” she said…

More at: LGBT pupils more likely to be bullied if they are disabled, study shows


See more on this from the Anti-Bullying Alliance at: Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying


Read or download the guide in full (shorter version also available via the link above):

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