Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week
Stand Up! Week tackles homophobic and transphobic bullying by increasing awareness, friendship and support for LGBT students by other students.
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.
BeLonG To’s Stand Up! campaign was identified as one of the key actions schools can take under the Government’s National Action Plan on Bullying. Funded by the Department of Education and Skills, the National Office for Suicide Prevention(HSE) and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the campaign calls on young people across Ireland to support their LGBT friends.
Dr Carol-Anne O'Brien BeLonG To's Director of Advocacy finds that “Stand Up! tackles bullying by bringing a positive message of friendship to all students. It also tells LGBT young people that they are not alone, and they do not have to suffer or witness homophobic or transphobic bullying in their schools.”
Stand Up Week 2016
This years Stand Up! Week will be held 14 - 18 November 2016, and will take place schools and youth services around Ireland.
During Stand Up! Week teachers and youth workers 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! is useful in helping schools to meet the DES' Anti-Bullying Procedure, which require schools to develop anti-bullying policies - including prevention strategies.
- 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.