THE WORK OF an Irish campaign has been commended in a United Nations report on the issue of homophobic bullying.
BeLonG To is an organisation that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland – and is the driving force behind the ‘Stand Up!’ campaign, which draws attention to homophobic bullying and outlines what students can do to prevent it. The group was praised by UNESCO and invited to participate in a global consultation on homophobic bullying in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this month.
Writing in TheJournal.ie, the co-founder of BeLonG To Michael Barron welcomed the fact that most adults in Ireland can now be openly gay but warned that young people still faces serious challenges – and that the issue of homophobic bullying is one of “huge urgency”.
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