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I get bullied about my sexuality at school. Please help.


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Dear A....

Sorry to hear that you're having a painful time at school. Being bullied is a very hard thing to go through and can leave you feeling scared and vulnerable. Bullying should not be tolerated - there can never be any excuse for it. No-one has the right to taunt or harass someone about their sexuality. Whether they are in fact gay/lesbian or not, name-calling/intimidation about sexuality is completely unacceptable. It should be stopped. You really shouldn't be put through this. It's important to talk about what you're going through and how you're feeling. I urge you to find an adult you trust and talk things through. Teachers at school should be made aware of what is happening and take action to stop this.

You can also contact one of the helplines which offer free and confidential advice and support to young people. It can really help to talk about things. I don't know which part of the UK you're from so I'll give you a few phone numbers. If you're in Scotland you could phone ChildLine Scotland's Bullying helpline which is open 3.30pm - 10pm Monday to Friday or weekends 2pm - 8pm, freephone 0800 44 1111. If you're outside Scotland or if you are in Scotland phoning after the hours above, you could contact Childline which has a 24 hour helpline on 0800 1111. Samaritans can be contacted by phone or email, tel: 08457 909090, email:

If you'd like to talk to someone about your sexuality you could phone the helpline at LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Youth in Scotland. They have a confidential helpline which operates on Tuesday evening 7.30pm - 9pm, telephone 0845 113 0005 (calls within Edinburgh are charged at the local rate). You can call this number even if you're outside Scotland. Please remember that you deserve better and that you are entitled to the support of school staff. The ABN has produced an information sheet on homophobic bullying. If you'd like to read this please go here.

With my best wishes,

Anti-Bullying Network Adviser

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