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Dealing with homophobic bullying

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

What is homophobic bullying?

Homophobic bullying is the persistent harassment of someone because of their actual or perceived sexuality. The person may experience verbal taunts, physical attacks or have rumours spread about them just because they may be gay, lesbian or transgender.


How can a young person deal with homophobic bullying?

The young person should:

  • Tell someone what has been happening - this could be a parent/guardian, a friend, a teacher in school.

  • Try to stand up for themselves as much as possible by ignoring the bully, not responding to them and not giving them any attention.

  • Think about not being on their own when they know the bully is about.

  • Consider contacting the police about the incidents.

  • Consider talking to someone at an organisation that can give advice and help with the bullying experience such as:

- Bully Busters

- ChildLine

- Kidpower

- Lifeline

- Samaritans


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