Why Walk for Stonewall?
Raise vital funds for Stonewall to stamp out homophobic language for good on Sunday 11 May
Homophobic language isn’t just ‘harmless banter’. It is having a negative impact on gay young people, making them feel less happy at school and less likely to reach their full potential. Despite this the use of homophobic language often goes unchallenged by teachers and school staff, often because they lack the support and confidence to do so.
Stonewall Youth Volunteer, Rosie Ellingham, says ‘when I learned what it meant to be gay I fought against it – the bullies had made it sound so bad, I had the naïve thought that if being a lesbian is wrong, I couldn’t be one because I’m not a bad person’. Hearing the word ‘gay’ being used in a negative context can have a devastating effect on gay young people’s self-esteem and, ultimately, their achievement in school.
Sadly for a lot of gay young people, this problem occurs far too frequently, often daily – Stonewall’s research shows over half of gay young people are bullied at school. To tackle this problem, Stonewall has produced a range of tools and resources to help schools, teachers and young people challenge homophobic language and bullying.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we’ve already sent our new ‘Gay. Let’s Get the Meaning Straight’ posters and teacher training guides to 2,500 secondary schools in Britain (half of all secondary schools). Help us to send the guide to all British schools. Together we can make a difference.
For more information visit the Education for All website.