New £2 million fund launched to tackle homophobic bullying in schools
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Schools will be offered £2m to help them tackle homophobic bullying.
The funds will be offered to charitable and not-for-profit organisations that suggest creative ideas to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools across the country.
For many victims of bullying, the memories of their experiences in the playground, classroom and corridors will stay with them throughout their lives.
Bullying can result in children from being uncomfortable in themselves and deterred from achieving their full potential.
Liberal Democrat Minister for Women and Equalities, Jo Swinson said:
"We know the damage bullies can have on young people's self-esteem and educational attainment. There should be absolutely no excuse for this taking place in our schools.
"Young people should grow up feeling safe expressing who they are, and we know that homophobic bullying stands in the way of this.
"I am excited to see the creative proposals that this fund will bring about, to make sure we can bring homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying to an end."