Ireland: Majority of gay teenagers feel unsafe in school

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11/11/2019

Almost three-quarters of gay or transgender teenagers feel unsafe in schools, according to the largest survey of LGBT young people in the Irish education system. A large majority say they have experienced homophobic remarks from other students and feel school is an unwelcoming environment that excludes them. The findings are contained in a new “school climate survey” of almost 800 LGBT young people conducted by Belong To Youth Services and academics at Columbia University in the United States. Despite social milestones such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage and more liberal views among young people, about a third of LGBT students say fellow students are not accepting of their identity.

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