of lesbian, gay and bisexual
young people experience
in Britain’s schools.
It happens anywhere,
but particularly in
sports lessons. I
have to change in a
room now because
of the abuse.
Alex, 15, secondary academy (South West)
gay pupils don’t feel safe at school.
Pupils who experience homophobic bullying are three times
more likely than those who aren’t bullied to say they don’t
feel safe at school.
One in five
I’ve heard a teacher tell
another openly gay student to
‘act less gay and stop
poncing around and
flaunting it’ while he was
complaining to her that he was
Alfie, 13, secondary academy (South East)
I feel that I don't want to carry on
in school if this is what I have to put
up with and hide what I feel all the
Simon, 14, secondary school (South West)
More than two in five (43 per
cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils
who experience homophobic bullying
and even one in three (35 per cent)
gay pupils who haven’t been bullied
don’t feel that they are
achieving their best at school.
Three in five gay pupils who
experience homophobic bullying say
that this impacts on their school
work. One in six (16 per cent) say
it’s had a big effect on their
I got bullied because a girl
outed me on her bus telling
everyone that I’m a lesbian.
After that I got bullied for
a year and a bit, then I left.
Bryony, 13, now home schooled (South West)
Because of the bullying I
received in school, I was
diagnosed with depression,
self-harmed and had
Gemma, 16, FE college (South East)
of gay pupils who experience
homophobic bullying have
symptoms consistent with
of gay young people who
aren’t bullied are also
likely to be depressed.
I have recently started to cut myself.
I have had enough of being hated by so
many people for just being who I am.
Rufus, 15, secondary academy (East Midlands)
I once carved the
words ‘dirty lesbian’
into my thigh because
people kept calling
me that. I hated myself.
Claudia, 17, single-sex secondary academy (South
of gay young people
of black or minority
ethnic gay young people
lesbians and bisexual
girls are twice as
likely as gay and
bisexual boys to
(72 per cent compared to 36 per cent)
I experienced a lot of
bullying at school.
I contemplated suicide
and attempted it enough
to get me referred to the
Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Service.
Drew, 17, sixth form college (West Midlands)
Nearly one in four
lesbian, gay and bisexual young
people have tried to take
their own life at some
7 in 10 lesbian
and bisexual girls
6 in 10 gay and
gay boys have highest
risk of suicidal
of transgender young
people have tried to take
their own life.
The bullying went on for the whole
five years of secondary school.
From when I started to when
I finished. I tried to fight back.
I was depressed, I cut,
and I was on the verge of suicide.
For one year, I came home everyday
crying into my mum’s arms, saying I
wanted to leave the school.
Rabi, 15, sixth form college (Greater London)