Bullying in children can and does cause PTSD in adults. If we can get rid of bullying in schools, we’ll have a generation of much more well-adjusted and happy adults. To that end, here’s a selection of stories about what it’s like to be a queer kid in school around the world in 2016.
- In Australia, documentary film producers of banned film Gayby Baby distributed a tool-kit to encourage inclusive classrooms and support diverse families.
Echoing the themes of UNESCO’s global report on violence against LGBT students, Human Rights Watch released a new report on the ‘epidemic’ levels of LGBT bullying in Japanese schools.
Students in the UK are petitioning for housing exclusive to LGBT students to end ‘victimisation’ from straight roommates.
In the US, where trans student rights have become a divisive issue, a federally funded school in Wisconsin told parents they will discipline or expel gay and trans students for ‘an outwardly sinful lifestyle’. Meanwhile in China two male college students went viral and risked expulsion by declaring their love in a public demonstration on campus.
From Europe author Fiona Zublin highlights the expanding segment of YA fiction featuring intersex protagonists.
During the 72nd Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child both Nepal and the UK were separately questioned over the ‘harmful practice’ of ‘medically unnecessary procedures’ on intersex children.
The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released Out in the Open, the ‘first global synthesis’ of violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity in educational settings.
In recognition of this year’s theme of ‘mental health and well-being’ UN agencies released a joint statement that called for the end of pathologization of LGBT adults and children and noted that: ‘branding them as ill based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression – has historically been, and continues to be, one of the root causes behind the human rights violations that they face.’
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