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Stonewall campaign

To help challenge young people’s use of homophobic language Stonewall has created a series of posters which can be displayed in the classroom and beyond.

Young people are hearing the damaging phrases ‘that’s so gay’ and ‘you’re so gay’ every single day at school.

  • 99 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people hear phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school
  • Only 10 per cent of gay young people say that staff intervene every time they hear homophobic language
  • 84 per cent of gay young people are distressed when they hear the word ‘gay’ used as an insult

To tackle this problem, Stonewall has teamed up with Will Young and Mumsnet to give schools, teachers and young people the tools they need to challenge homophobic language.

These are two excellent examples…

5 comments on “Stonewall campaign

  1. Raybeard
    November 19, 2013

    Better late than never. I only say this (and I’ve mentioned it before) because I wrote a letter way back in the 1970s to the then ‘Gay News’ pointing out my concern that the word was starting to be used as a general put-downer and pejorative epithet. Let’s hope this current campaign can have at least some effect.

  2. sfchapman
    November 19, 2013

    Sometimes humour like this can work. I wonder whether it’s best to just ignore it and people will move on to another word.

  3. Raybeard
    November 19, 2013

    Maybe, Stephen. But as I say, this negative use has been going on for so long that if we were to just ignore it we’ll probably all be dead by the time it does move on to another word. I, for one, certainly will be!

  4. Nik_TheGreek
    November 21, 2013

    I like it. I think it’s a good start at least…

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