Learning to create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ students

On Monday 24th April 2017, 6th year students participated in a workshop with SHOUTOUT. A group of facilitators shared their own stories, of coming out and of their experiences of hommophobia. Students explored how some language and behaviour in a school environment could be hurtful for their peers. They were informed of the appropriate terminology that is used in the LGBTQ community. A highly engaging discussion was had in which students explored scenarios where they could be more supportive of their LGBTQ classmates. The aim of this workshop was to raise awareness of the issues faced by victims of hommophobic and transphobic bullying, and to equip students with the skills that are needed to make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ young people. We would like to thank the lovely facilitators from SHOUTOUT for such an informative and interactive workshop.