Over half of Irish students believe coming out as LGBTQ+ will lead to bullying. Second-level schools take a stand against LGBTQ+ related bullying during Stand Up Awareness Week.
— Moyle Park Art (@MoyleParkArt) November 13, 2020
Kicking off Stand Up Awareness Week, schools across Ireland are taking part in the campaign by raising the rainbow flag, displaying information on LGBTQ+ identities and even creating rainbow crossings.
Last year, 206,864 second-level students learned about LGBTQ+ identities and how to support their LGBTQ+ classmates through Stand Up Awareness Week.
— Sarah Gibbons (@SarahGibbons33) November 16, 2020
A poll from BeLonG To Youth Services, the national LGBTI+ youth organisation shows students correlate coming out as LGBTI+ with bullying. Some 52% of students believe that if someone in their school comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, that they will be bullied.
— Kishoge CC (@KishogeCC) November 12, 2020
The data come from research conducted ahead of Stand Up Awareness Week, Ireland’s largest anti-LGBTQ+ bullying campaign in Ireland, with 58% of second-level schools participating in last year’s event.
This day next week, we are having our #ComeIn day. Students in each year have been given a colour. We will be celebrating this as part of #StandUpWeek with @BeLonG_To. Let the preparations begin! pic.twitter.com/jZVwwZCXKl
— Scoil Iósaif, Fionnradharc (@joeys_secondary) November 13, 2020
For 11 years now, Stand Up Awareness Week has been a time for second-level schools to take a stand against the anti-LGBTQ+ bullying, harassment, and name-calling that silences many students and can result in serious mental health challenges.
— 🎄꧁Merry Skishmas꧂🎄 (@Skish21) November 16, 2020
As part of Stand Up Awareness Week, running from November 16-20, every second-level school in Ireland has been given a free resource pack with information, activities, and advice to create an LGBTQ+ friendly school environment.
Did you know that ‘one in five young LGBTI+ people face bullying, and that 73% of young LGBTI+ students feel unsafe at school’. Here in @stepasideetss we are proud to celebrate Stand Up week and stand together with our LGBTI+ friends, family, classmates and co-workers. #standup pic.twitter.com/MvYjmBVGH7
— Stepaside ETSS (@StepasideETSS) November 16, 2020
This finding compounds the 2019 School Climate Survey which revealed that an alarming 73% of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school. Some 77% of LGBTQ+ students experience verbal harassment (name-calling or being threatened), 38% experience physical harassment (being shoved or pushed), and 11% experience physical assault (punched, kicked or injured with a weapon) based on their sexual orientation, gender or gender expression.
— Our Lady's Grove (@olgrove) November 16, 2020
Moninne Griffith, CEO BeLonG To Youth Services said: “The results of our 2019 School Climate Survey set off alarm bells as schools across Ireland realised the extent of bullying that LGBTI+ students experience and the sometimes tragic toll this can have on young lives.
Stand Up Week is off to a flying start. Mr. Duffy and the Student Council raised the Pride Flag this morning and 4BLUE put their artistic talents to the courts, creating a wonderful mural to raise awareness for the week ahead.#StandUpWeek @BeLonG_To pic.twitter.com/V7TVXEVr7B
— CBC Monkstown Park (@CBCMonkstownpk) November 16, 2020
“Stand Up Awareness Week is a time for all schools to take action against homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic bullying and show they welcome, value, and support LGBTI+ students. Supportive schools improve academic performance, attendance, and mental health outcomes. We saw a huge increase in the number of schools joining us for Stand Up Awareness Week last year, and hope that more schools will join the campaign this year to and priortise creating safe school environments for LGBTI+ youth.”
— Moyle Park College (@moylepark) November 16, 2020
GCN have partnered with BeLonG To on a new series platforming opinions and thoughts of LGBTQ+ young writers from across the country.
We’ve partnered with @GCNmag for #GCNnewvoices – A new series platforming opinions & thoughts from LGBTI+ youth across Ireland. We will share these articles over the next two weeks in the run up to #StandUpAwarenessWeek. Check out the first article now – https://t.co/YwbBimTLPj pic.twitter.com/pm1pyYw3Fs
— BeLonG To Youth Services (@BeLonG_To) November 9, 2020
In the run up to Stand Up Awareness Week 2020, GCN has published articles covering topics ranging from body positivity to growing up LGBTQ+ post marriage referendum. They can be found here.
Check out all our beautiful LGBTI+ books proudly displayed here! We expanded our LGBTI+ section in the library with lots of new books! @BeLonG_To @Thomondcclib @jcsplibraries #LGBTI #comein pic.twitter.com/bxBVWjZAQg
— JCSP Library (TCC) (@Thomondcclib) November 16, 2020
If you have friends or family members who are teachers or students at second-level schools, encourage them to take part. Visit BeLonG To’s website today to download a free Stand Up Awareness Week Pack today and view their new in-class videos and learning pack. Share the Facebook posts and Tweets during Stand Up Awareness Week, and help raise awareness about this important issue using the hashtags #StandUp20 and #ComeIn.
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