Sunday, November 23, 2014

Homophobia in Schools

Same sex attracted or gender questioning young people who experience homophobia are at greater risk of mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts and behaviours:

31% of same sex attracted young people have self harmed, and 37% have considered self harm

16% have attempted suicide, and 37% have considered suicide

Students who have experienced either verbal or physical abuse are 55% more likely to self harm or attempt suicide

Recent research suggests that higher rates of drug use is a direct result of homophobic abuse, with many young people self-medicating to ease the pain of rejection and hostility from families, schools and communities

Homophobic abuse decreases substantially when schools are proactive and implement effective policies and practices.

(Writing Themselves In 3- La Trobe University 2010)

Say them Sydney Anglicans have proactive policies and procedures to combat homophobic bullying.

Well sure Calam's called shaming and excluding those, who are SSA, or who advocate for tolerance and diversity.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for doing this. My cousin committed suicide at age 19: in his suicide note he referred to his realisation that he was gay. This love the person/hate the sin crap that the Sydney Diocese people sprout is just ridiculous. People experience their sexuality as a core part of their being. Hate the sin means hate the person end of...hopefully through the efforts of people like you they will one day wake up to their hypocrisy.