If you are being picked on verbally, emotionally or physically because of your sexuality then you do not have to put up with it. Whether you fancy boys, girls or both, you’re entitled to lead a happy and safe life just like everybody else.
Schools and workplaces have to make sure everyone has the same opportunities, regardless of their sexuality. So if bullying means that your education or work performance is being affected, you have every right to report it and to expect the situation to be dealt with effectively.
If you experience homophobic bullying, hold your head high and be proud of who you are. Don’t stoop to the bully’s level by engaging in arguments or violence; instead, report the bullying to someone you trust, who can help you deal with the situation.
If you are confused about your sexuality you can click here to check out our page on sexuality, which will help you access the information and support you need.
Who can help?
Talk to your parents, carers, teachers or someone else that you trust. Remember that they are there to help you and they’ll do everything they can to put the situation right.
Bullying UK is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to answer your e-mails on any aspect of bullying. http://www.bullying.co.uk/index.php/young-people/advice/introduction-to-bullying.html.
Kidscape is a national charity committed to keeping children safe from bullying and abuse. Their helpline – 08451 205 204 – is available at a local rate from 10.00am-4.00pm, Monday-Friday. You can also visit their site at http://www.kidscape.org.uk/childrenteens/index.asp.
ChildLine is the free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. You can call 0800 1111 about any problem you might be having, at any time – day or night. You can also visit the Bullying section of their website.
The teachernet website has information for pupils, their families and teachers on how to tackle bullying.
The BBC Radio 1 Bully Proof website is full of helpful advice on bullying. Visit the site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bullyproof/