Homophobic and transphobic bullying awareness week launched

Independent, 10/3/2014, Ireland

Miriam O’Callaghan was on hand at Dublin’s City Hall to launch Stand Up! Awareness Week against homophobic and transphobic bullying in Ireland.

The broadcaster said it was a campaign she was proud to support. “I think it’s very important as young people grow up they need to have confidence in themselves and confidence in who they are,” she told the Irish Independent.

“So to be part of today and part of something the Minister of Education is supporting is something I am very proud of.”

Recent research funded by the Department of Education and Skills found that 79% of teachers in Ireland were aware of homophobic bullying in their schools.

Stand Up! Awareness week is organised by ‘BeLonG To’; Ireland’s national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young people and will run from March 10 – 14.

“I think it’s important for young LGTB people to realise they are not in isolation and for teachers to support and help them when they can,” Executive Director of BeLonG To, David Carroll said.

The charity recently raised over €10,000 through the sale of ‘#TeamPanti’ tee-shirts. “It was a great help from Panti,” Carroll said.

“We always welcome any donation. And for us it was important for us to be involved as she raised LGTB awareness.”