Henry Hepburn

LGBT pupils face ‘shocking’ homophobia in schools

Survey reveals widespread bullying, assaults and a lack of support from teachers

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Schools still force LGBT pupils to run a gauntlet where bullying is routine, few feel they can turn to teachers and many leave with their education and mental health in ruins, a new report has found.

Pupils report their experience being worse than that of college and university students. One trans person heard teachers describing him as a “freak” and another was told by numerous pupils to kill himself.

A survey of 684 LGBT young people aged 13-25 in 2017 – the first by LGBT Youth Scotland since 2012 – paints a grim picture of school: 46 per cent of LGBT young people rated their overall ...

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