Local TD and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone says schools in Dublin South West and across the city should join a major campaign to ‘Stand Up’ to homophobic and transphobic bullying.
Minister Zappone was speaking as she launched an awareness week for BeLonGTo, which works young members of the LGBTI+ community.
The Minister said it is unacceptable that one in five young gay and lesbian people still face bullying in the classroom, schoolyard and wider community.
Speaking at the launch Minister Katherine Zappone added:
“Young voices in Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Citywest have been to the fore in demanding equality in our communities.
“They are not shy in standing up to unfairness, discrimination and hate. Their stance is something we should all be proud of – as it is the foundation which will lead to our communities being fair, equal and just.
“The ‘Stand Up’ Awareness Week is another opportunity for students, parents and staff in secondary schools to show solidarity with LGBTI+ teenagers.
“I would encourage every school in our areas to become involved and support the BeLonGTo ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ from 13th-17th November.
“As Minister I am currently preparing an LGBTI+ National Youth Policy – it will be a world first. During that process we have listened to thousands of young voices. It saddens me that despite the progress we have made 1 in 5 continue to report bullying and harassment.
“Clearly there is still work to do – and the upcoming week is an opportunity for all our schools in Dublin South West to say no to discrimination.”