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Students win £3,000 to combat homophobia in Scottish Schools

Banchory Academy Students and judges receiving the award

Two high school students from Aberdeenshire won a £3,000 to tackle homophobia in local schools. The two students from Banchory Academy won the funding for their charity of choice, LGBT Youth Scotland, as part of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland, reported The Aberdeen Press and Journal. The schools has been taking part in the YPI as part of ...

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Scotland must end homophobia in schools say campaigners

TIE Campaign

Campaigners demand Holyrood take action to an end to school homophobia, bullying, sexism and bigotry which has become a “national disgrace.” The TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) campaign will ask the key Public Petitions Committee of Holyrood to ensure that Scotland’s schools foster a nurturing and inclusive environment which would eradicate hate and prejudice directed at LGBTI+ youth. The campaign ...

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Kezia Dugdale: “fairness is at the heart of our policies”


The candidates for leader and deputy leader of Scottish Labour have agreed to speak to KaleidoScot, answering questions in respect to what they aim to do to support LGBTI rights and further equality in Scotland. In our second interview, Kezia Dugdale MSP, who is vying for the deputy leadership with Katy Clark MP, explains exclusively to KaleidoScot how she hopes to ...

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The Smith Commission: Implications for LGBTI equality in education


The Smith Commission published it’s long-awaited report today into the devolution of further responsibilities to the Scottish Parliament. The Humanist Society Scotland issued an official response in which we broadly welcomed further devolution, and the proposed measures to make the Scottish Parliament a permanent feature of the UK constitutional settlement. As a campaigning organisation with equality at the heart of ...

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Sarah Boyack: “I’m proud to promote equalities legislation”


The candidates for leader and deputy leader of Scottish Labour have agreed to speak to KaleidoScot, answering questions in respect to what they aim to do to support LGBTI rights and further equality in Scotland. Today, Sarah Boyack MSP – who is contesting the Scottish Labour leadership with Jim Murphy and Neil Findlay – tells us what her priorities should ...

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Why Shane Ritchie’s “gay joke” is no laughing matter

According to reports the Eastenders actor Shane Ritchie used the phrase ‘Hurry up! Last person in is a gay!’ When entering a lift behind the scenes at the BBC’s Children in Need appeal on Friday Night. Members of the reunited pop group S Club Seven were with him and rightly took offence at his ‘joke’ and refused to appear in ...

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Michael Russell: an inclusive tolerant Scotland starts at school

Leeze Lawrence interviews Michael Russell

In an exclusive video-interview KaleidoScot reporter, Leeze Lawrence, interviews Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, on how the Scottish Government intends to tackle homophobia in school. The interview with Russell follows Colin MacFarlane’s, director of Stonewall Scotland, call for the Scottish government to take action and tackle LGBTI bullying in schools following a report that reveals how ...

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Growing up with school homophobia in Scotland

Bullying can traumatise youth, picture by Diego Grez

During my school life, from primary six to fourth year at secondary, I was constantly bullied for being gay. I would get called names such as “poof”, “faggot” and “queer”. I was punched, kicked and pushed. It was a very dark time and I would skip school by pretending to be sick. I first reported this when I was in ...

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LGBT Youth Scotland – solutions to tackle school homophobia

Mhairi McMillan, Policy Director of LGBT Youth Scotland discusses Stonewall Scotland’s research findings and offers solutions to tackle school homophobia. The research published by Stonewall Scotland on Monday further backs up the need for the important work being done to address homophobia and homophobic bullying in Scottish Schools. LGBT Youth Scotland’s current campaign, ‘Shh! Silence helps homophobia’ gives us all a ...

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Cross Scotland call to tackle school homophobia

Just 16% of teachers trained to tackle homophobic bullying in Scotland’s schools

Civic organisations and politicians across Scotland have called for a concerted action to tackle homophobic bullying in school following a report published by Stonewall Scotland. A new YouGov polling released on Monday by Stonewall Scotland shows that teachers are still failing to tackle homophobic bullying in Scotland’s schools. The Teachers’ Report 2014 reveals that nine in ten primary school staff ...

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