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LGBTQIA+ young people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, or other sexuality and gender diverse identities) are over represented in bullying statistics.
Auckland University’s Youth 2007 survey found 15% of same/both-sex attracted students reported being bullied at school weekly or more in the past year, compared with 5.5% opposite-sex attracted students.
Ministry of Youth Development's online survey of LGBTIQ young people in schools highlighted that it was important for schools to lead by example by:
- acknowledging and normalising LGBTIQ young people
- having strong anti-bullying policies for all LGBTIQ students
- educating students and teachers on sexuality and gender diversity
- establishing support networks and guidance channels for LGBTIQ students
- offering facilities and clothing options that are not gender specific (eg, school uniforms and unisex bathrooms).
LGBTQIA+ Further Information
- PPTA's Rainbow Taskforce for Safe Schools (external link) - making secondary schools safe and welcoming places for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQIA+) students, family/whānau members and teachers
- PPTA Anti-homophobia workshops for school and staff (external link)
- Rainbow Youth (external link) - Dedicated to helping young queer and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) young people up to the ages of 27, as well as their wider communities