Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week
Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week is aimed at creating positive understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and their issues.
Why do we need Stand Up week?
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people develop their sexual and gender identities within supportive families and communities and are leading happy lives. However, many other LGBT young people experience serious levels of homophobia, transphobia and exclusion in their schools, youth clubs and local areas.
Stand Up! Week provides an annual focus for promoting positive awareness of LGBT young people, tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying, transphobia and transphobic bullying, and building allies among young people and youth workers.
Stand Up Week, 2014
This years Stand Up! Week will be held 10 - 14 March 2014, and will take place schools and youth services around Ireland.
During Stand Up! Week youth workers and teachers will offer all young people who participate in their centre/school the opportunity to participate in fun and educational activities. These will increase awareness, build supportive links among young people and reduce the incidence of bullying and name-calling. The Educational Pack for Stand Up! Week will include a poster and activities for each youth centre and school. Other fun events will be organized to publicise Stand Up! Week and encourage young people to participate.
Stand Up! will be very useful in helping schools to meet the DES's new Anti-Bullying Procedure, which require schools to develop anti-bullying policies - including prevention strategies - by early 2014.
- LGBT students are among the'more vulnerable pupils' (p.14)
- Prevention should specifically addres homophobic and transphobic bullying (p.6)
- Positive school climates (pp. 21-27) should be encouraged by, e.g. 'open dialogue' across school communities, awareness-raising, and 'specific statements of welcome and respect for LGBT members of the school community' (p.26), etc.