The TES is reporting research that suggests one in 10 students in further education witnesses bullying based on someone’s sexual orientation every day, and says many LGBT students have considered dropping out of their course because of harassment.
According to “Pride and Prejudice in Education”, almost two-thirds of students say they have witnessed bullying based on sexual orientation. The survey shows that 51 per cent of lesbian and gay students, and 59 per cent of non-binary students (who identify neither as exclusively male nor female), have experienced homophobic or transphobic name-calling.
Almost half of non-binary students have seriously considered dropping out of their course, compared with just over a third of all students…
Robbie Young and Fran Cowling, the NUS’ LGBT officers, said it was deeply concerning to see how widespread the bullying and harassment of students was. “Every student should feel safe while at college or university. They shouldn’t have to face name-calling and other bullying, or have to consider dropping out of their course because of the way they are treated by other students. NUS will be working with students’ unions to implement the recommendations in this report to create learning environments that are inclusive and welcoming for all LGBT students.”
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It looks like this was a self-selecting survey made widely available through social media and other channels so those responding may have been more engaged with the subject matter than the student population in general.
That said, the results seem concerning – are you surprised to hear of so much bullying based on sexual orientation in colleges and universities nowadays?
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