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Stop Homophobic Bullying Campaign

To mark this year's National Anti-Bullying Week, Nick Clegg has spoken out to highlight the particular problems of homophobic bullying. Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Chris Huhne and members of the party's youth organisation Liberal Youth also speak in the short video which calls for every school to address homophobic bullying in their anti-bullying policies.

"It's a sad fact that looking or acting 'gay' can instantly make someone a target in thousands of schools across the country. Until we deal with homophobia in schools, we're never going to stamp out wider discrimination in society. There should be a zero-tolerance approach to homophobic bullying in schools to tackle this harmful and nasty legacy of outdated attitudes."
- Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

"Homophobic bullying is insidious and vile and should not be happening in our schools and colleges. It greatly affects the lives of young people, harms their academic activities and may even drive some to take drastic action. This needs to stop now. We must champion the values of fairness, equality and diversity to stamp out homophobic bullying once and for all."
- Chris Huhne MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary

We are currently campaigning on the issue of homophobic bullying in schools. Our spokespeople in the House of Commons and Lords are working to amend the current Education and Inspections Bill to tackle this problem, which affects straight staff and pupils who are perceived as gay, as well as thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils and teachers.

In this short video, Stephen Williams MP talks about the campaign and why homophobic bullying needs particular attention. This was produced for anti-bullying week in November 2006.

Sign our petition

We, the undersigned, call for the following to support and protect the victims of homophobic bullying:

1. Homophobic taunts and name calling in schools should be challenged immediately by staff.

2. All schools' anti-bullying policies should be required to include measures specifically to deal with homophobic bullying.

3. At least one teacher in every school should undergo training which includes how to tackle homophobic bullying.

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