SoSoGay – November 18th 2014

National anti-bullying week takes place between the 17-21 November, with individuals and organisations to help eradicate bullying and LGBT rights charity Stonewall sending education packs to more than 1,000 schools and local authorities.

Coordinated annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a coalition of organisations working to stop bullying for all, the campaign is asking people to tweet their support using the hashtag #NoBystanders. Support has already been received from celebrities including Stephen Fry, Nicole Scherzinger, Perez Hilton, Sinitta, Clare Balding and David Walliams.

The campaign comes in response to shocking figures from Stonewall research that reveal more than 75,000 young people will be bullied this year for simply being gay, and 21,000 of these will attempt suicide. Homophobic bullying and abuse can have a devastating impact on young people’s self-esteem. It is reported that one in three gay pupils who experience homophobic bullying change their plans for future education because of it.

James Taylor, Stonewall’s Head of Policy, said: ‘This Anti-Bullying Week we’re asking individuals and groups to do their bit to tackle abuse and prejudice that still blights too many lives.
‘More than half of gay pupils experience verbal bullying and one in six experience physical abuse. People can show their support for the campaign by tweeting using #NoBystanders and by ordering their free pin badge.’

Stonewall will also be marking Anti-Bullying Week with a Twitter Q&A, using #InfoLineLive, dedicated to discussing bullying this evening at 6pm.

You can also hear from schools that have used the NoBystanders campaign effectively by visiting stonewall.org.uk/abw. Additional content will be shared throughout the week via Stonewall’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

You can sign and share the NoBystanders pledge by visiting nobystanders.org.uk.

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