Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Prevalence of Homophobia' - News Round Up

Following the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia launch of the 'Prevalence of Homophobia' surveys in the North West, the following news reports have appeared showing the true extent of homophobia in our schools.

- Homophobic abuse rife in Liverpool schools by Marc Waddington, Liverpool Echo
- Liverpool marks International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), Liverpool Daily Post:
- Peter Tatchell to launch Liverpool anti-homophobic bullying plan, Crosby Herald
- Coronation Street Antony Cotton in gay-hate bullies plea, MEN
- Homophobia still rife in schools, warns NUT, Oldham Chronicle

in addition BBC Radio GMR featured coverage of the story in its morning and afternoon news bulletin. This included an interview with Prof. Martin Hall (Vice-Chancellor of Salford University) host of the NUT launch. Commercial Radio Key 103 included interviews from those attending the launch in its news bulletins and feature.

Schools OUT and LGBT History Month Co-Chair, Tony Fenwick, said, "At last the press is reporting what teachers and pupils have known for ages; that homophobia is endemic in our schools. Now we need to challenge the Government, the LEAs and our school's leaders to take on homophobia and eradicate it."

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