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Being LGBT in School

February 1st 2016

A Resource for Post-Primary Schools to Prevent Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying and Support LGBT Students

For many LGBT young people homophobic and transphobic bullying are serious issues that not only limit and prevent the formation of a positive identity but hinder them from feeling safe, supported and affirmed for who they are in school. This resource for post-primary schools offers information on providing safe, supportive and affirmative environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in schools.

This document is an updated compilation of a series of resources developed by GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), the Department of Education and Skills and the education partners in Ireland to assist schools in addressing homophobic bullying and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

This resource is intended to provide support to key individuals as they fulfil their responsibilities in ensuring that their school is safe, supportive and affirming of all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, students perceived to be LGBT and students who have close family members (parents, siblings, etc.) who are LGBT.

Following the Department of Education and Skills publication of Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools in September 2013, it was considered important to update existing resources to reflect the new requirements on schools and to outline clearly the role of key school personnel in preventing and addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying. This resource contains additional
advice from GLEN that is based on good practice.

The resource, launched on 28 January 2016 by Irish Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan TD, includes the first ever guidance for post-primary schools on supporting students who are transgender

Further Reading

Being LGBT in schools

GLEN website