Stonewall, supported by Will Young and Mumsnet, today launches a flagship campaign to tackle homophobic language in schools. The campaign comes exactly ten years since the repeal of Section 28 and is in response to research showing that 99 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people hear phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’. 84 per cent are distressed when they hear this homophobic language. Polling by Mumsnet also shows that 68 per cent of parents don’t know if their child’s school has policies in place to tackle the problem.
Three in four gay people still don’t report hate crime to police, one in six experienced a hate crime or incident in last three years and two thirds did not report it to anyone. A major new poll by Stonewall shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual people remain at serious risk of suffering violent abuse and intimidation in Britain.