schoolA message from Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive

Some New Year’s resolutions may be difficult to keep – but at Stonewall we retain our determination that every young person growing up to be lesbian, gay or bisexual will one day achieve every ounce of their potential.

Each year we still hear from thousands of young people who are being bullied just because of the way they were born.

Our latest education research shows that more than half of gay young people are bullied in Britain’s schools every day – with two in five attempting or considering suicide as a direct result. Almost all – 99 per cent – gay young people hear the phrases ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school and 96 per cent hear homophobic language such as ‘poof’ or ‘lezza’. Equally shocking, three in five bullied gay pupils say their teachers never intervene – even if they see the bullying taking place.

These frightening statistics are precisely why Stonewall now works with hundreds of schools across Britain. As you’ll know Stonewall does not take, nor seek, core government funding – a key guarantor of our independence – and this work is only possible with your help. You can make a donation or become a Friend of Stonewall here.

With your support in 2013 we can continue to build a Britain where every child – regardless of their sexual orientation – can grow up free from fear and able to be themselves.

That’s a New Year’s resolution worth keeping.

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