Leicestershire Anti-Bullying Team

What is homophobic bullying

Homophobic bullying is often present in an environment that fails to challenge and respond to homophobia.  It can take the form of rumour-mongering, social isolation, text messaging and frightening looks, as well as more obvious forms of bullying.  It does not just affect young people who identify as Lesbian Gay or Bisexual (LGB). In schools, homophobic bullying can directly affect any young person whose life choices, interests or needs do not conform to accepted gender norms, as well as adult members of the school community who are LGB, and anyone who may have friends or relatives who are LGB. This can, in turn, affect the whole school community by giving out the message that bullying is tolerated, and that the school environment is unsafe.

Homophobic bullying is any hostile or offensive action relating to homosexual orientation. These actions might be: verbal, physical, or emotional harassment (social exclusion), insulting or degrading comments, name calling, gestures, taunts, insults or 'jokes', offensive graffiti, humiliating, excluding, tormenting, ridiculing or threatening, refusing to work or co-operate with others because of their sexual orientation or identity.

What is homophobic bullying
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