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Action needed to tackle homophobic bulling in schools, says Ming

May 17, 2007 12:46 PM

Speaking on the International Day Against Homophobia, Liberal Democrat Leader Menzies Campbell warned that thousands of lives are still being ruined by homophobia. The Liberal Democrats are today holding a Parliamentary Reception as part of their campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

Menzies Campbell said, "Britain has thankfully moved a long way since the decriminalisation of homosexuality over 40 years ago. Same-sex couples have won the right to enter a civil partnership, adopt children and have been given the same inheritance rights as straight couples. In the most part Britain's perception of homosexuality is changing for the better and I welcome this.

"However, it is appalling that in today's society the lives of thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults and young people or those who are perceived to be so are still being ruined by homophobia.

"I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are leading a campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools and my party and I will continue to oppose discrimination in whatever guise we find it.

"The recently published Equalities Review found that four out of five lesbian and gay adults had faced name calling at school, and over half reported suffering physical violence. This type of treatment is completely unacceptable in the twenty-first century.

"I hope that the International Day Against Homophobia receives the recognition it deserves."