Tackling biphobia in schools: what’s your plan?

photo: Houses of ParliamentA £2 million package will be offered to schools to help them tackle biphobic, transphobic and homophobic bullying, the government has announced today. 

Organisations are being urged to come forward with ideas to stamp out such bullying.

The money announced today will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that come forward with creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in our schools – those projects that will make the biggest difference to the lives of all young people growing up in modern Britain.

Nicky Morgan, Conservative Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, said:

“Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying affects everyone, not just young people who may identify as LGBT. Any young person who is different can find themselves subjected to distressing and intimidating homophobic abuse. This funding will help schools take on the challenge of making sure bullies do not stand in the way our young people achieving their full potential.”

Jo Swinson, Lib Dem Minister for Women and Equalities, said:

“Young people should grow up feeling safe expressing who they are. We know the damage bullies can cause to young people’s self-esteem and educational attainment. There should be absolutely no excuse for this taking place in our schools.

“I am excited to see the creative proposals that this fund will bring about, to make sure we can bring homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying to an end.”