“ Homophobic insults should be viewed as seriously as racism. Even casual use of homophobic language in schools can create an atmosphere that isolates young people and can be a forerunner of more serious forms of bullying.” Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools & Families.
In the face of a lack of family support or domestic hostility LGBT young people are often reluctant to seek support from groups and organisations, or they aren’t aware of support they can access
Young people often turn to the LGBT community – dubbed a ‘family of choice’. Can be a positive experience: shared sense of identification, reinforce understanding of own sexuality
LGBT community can be mistaken for and intertwined with ‘the scene’ – can be an enjoyable experience, opportunity to be ‘out’ in a predominantly gay environment
The scene can be a frightening and uncomfortable place for vulnerable, sexually inexperienced, unconfident, lonely and isolated young people. Bars, clubs, saunas, cruising grounds can be intimidating and unsafe.
Sexual exploitation, unsafe sex and drug and alcohol use are all potential risks for LGBT young people on the scene
Exceeding Expectations is a three year unprecedented cross sector partnership to address the issue of homophobia in schools and also some informal youth settings. The city wide, three year, initiative aims to support schools with appropriate: