Oldham Pride against Bullying

Publish Date: 26/07/2012

At this Saturday’s Oldham Pride. Oldham Borough Council and NHS Oldham together with Oldham LGBT Forum will be launching research into the experiences and needs of Oldham’s LGBT community.  The findings from the You and Your LGBT Community’ research will be used to improve the services provided to members of Oldham’s LGBT community.

In recognition that there are still some hurdles to be overcome in the race towards true LGBT equality, Oldham LGBT Forum will be launching a petition to stand up against bullying and stamp out homophobia and transphobia in our education system.

Oldham LGBT Forum’s petition reads:

Stop Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in our Schools

“We wholeheartedly condemn the bullying and homophobic and transphobic abuse of young people in our education system.

We recognise that all young people need a safe, supportive and positive environment to be and achieve the best that they can, free from bullying, discrimination and abuse. 

We, the undersigned, call for the following to support and protect the victims of homophobic and transphobic bullying in our Schools and Academies:

1. Homophobic and transphobic taunts and name calling in schools should be challenged immediately by staff.

2. All schools' and academies’ anti-bullying policies should be required to include measures specifically to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying.

3. At least one teacher in every school should undergo training which includes how to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying.

4. Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying should be included as a specific issue during Anti-Bullying Week.

You can sign up to the petition at Oldham Pride this Saturday

To find out more about Oldham Pride or the ‘Stop Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in Our Schools’ petition please email Susan at: oldhamlgbtforum@oldham.gov.uk