EACH news and blog
EACH report calls for broader understanding of homophobic bullying
10th December 2013
A report published by EACH calls for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to adopt a broader understanding of homophobic bullying and its impact on young people today. The report unpicks a number of ‘taken for granted’ assumptions around homophobic bullying whilst advocating for collaborative initiatives to challenge homophobia based on three principles: recognition, prevention and response.
Reach young people make films to challenge gender stereotyping
22nd November 2013
On 15th-17th November 2013 young people involved in our Reach project took part in a free film-making weekend at Barton Camp in North Somerset. Working with a professional film crew the group scripted, directed and starred in two films challenging gender stereotypes. It was felt that gender stereotyping can affect everyone from a young age and be a source of bullying…(more).
IMPACT 2013: Social Media and Sexism
4th November 2013
On Thursday 24th October Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect (TIGER) was pleased to deliver a workshop as part of EACH’s youth-led event IMPACT. The event was organised by members of the Reach steering group and creatively explored the place that social media takes in our lives today as well examined issues of online prejudice…(more).
Putting a Stop to Prejudice Based Crime
16th October 2013
South Gloucestershire Police, RHINS (Reporting Hate Incidents in North Somerset) and EACH have joined forces to produce two films designed to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic crime and the importance of reporting it. EACH is committed to working in partnership with the Police and local authorities to raise awareness of the importance of reporting homophobia and transphobia, as well as ensure that reported incidents are dealt with effectively and sensitively.
If you have been the target of a homophobic or transphobic incident you can report to EACH via our dedicated Actionline (0808 1000 143) or online reporting form.
Job Opportunitiy: Individual Giving and Administration Intern
2nd October 2013
EACH is looking for an Individual Giving and Administration Assistant to support and raise income for EACH’s projects through awareness-raising and donor fundraising. This opportunity is available through the University of Bristol Internship scheme. Working in a small and friendly team this is an exciting opportunity for a University of Bristol student or recent graduate to contribute to the work of an award-winning charity. Further details about the role and how to apply are available on the University of Bristol Careers Service website.
Reach film-making weekend: 15th-17th November 2013
27th September 2013
To inform the Reach resource EACH is inviting up to 20 young people to explore their creative ideas and work as a team to produce a film addressing homophobia, sexism or cyberbullying. No film-making experience necessary! This will be a great opportunity for you to meet people, learn new skills and contribute to a valuable resource for schools and youth agencies….(more).
Schools SRE policies come under scrutinity
19th August 2013
A number of British schools have come under criticism as it is revealed that their Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) policies include statements prohibiting the ‘promotion of homosexuality’. The outdated language replicates that of section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which stated that local authorities shall not ‘promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship’.
Section 28 was one of the most pernicious pieces of anti-gay legislation in Britain. Whilst it was never directly applicable to schools many felt inhibited by what they could or could not say regarding sexuality and constrained in their abilities to tackle homophobic bullying. Our latest blog entry discusses these developments and offers support to schools seeking to review their policies.
Wyedean school holds LGBT week for year 8s in collaboration with EACH
1st August 2013
Between June the 17th and 21st the Year 8s of Wyedean School were involved in its first LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). The week aimed to raise the profile of Wydean School’s commitment to equality and make it an even greater community in which students can work and learn. In our latest blog entry Wyedean’s Assistant Headteacher, Rob Wagland reflects upon the week and their wider work with EACH.
EACH celebrates Bristol Pride 2013
15th July 2013
It was a busy time for EACH during Bristol Pride week 2013 which ran from 6th to 13th July. The week featured a wide-range of events in order to celebrate Pride and showcase all that is available for LGBT people across Bristol. EACH contributed to a number of events, as well as hosting our own youth Pride event as part of our Reach project. See our blog for full details of the work EACH conducted in celebration of Bristol Pride 2013.
Bradley Stoke Community School celebrates good Ofsted inspection with EACH
10th June 2013
Bradley Stoke Community School were delighted to receive a good Ofsted report which commended the targeted work they have been undertaking with EACH to address homophobic bullying. Susie Davis, Director of Student Support at Bradley Stoke Community School reflects on their work in a blog post for EACH.
In the news
The return of Section 28
20th August 2013
The sex-education policies of dozens of schools are to be urgently investigated by the Government after the institutions were accused of returning to the anti-gay prejudice of the 1980s….(more).
Same-sex marriage set to enter law
16th July 2013
The bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales has passed its final hurdle in parliament…(more).
Church of England announces campaign to stamp out homophobic bullying in CofE schools
6th July 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, stated that the church ‘must accept that there is a revolution in the area of sexuality’. Read more here.
Avon and Somerset’s PCC speaks out against homophobic and transphobic crime
17th May 2013
As part of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Sue Mounstevens urges targets of homophobic and transphobic crimes to come forward and secure the support they need.
LGBT rights are human rights
15th May 2013
UN releases a powerful anti-homophobic message which questions the viewer about human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world, and encourages everyone to build a world that is free and equal.
The gay airman who took on the military
25th March 2013
The BBC remembers Leonard Matlovich who made history in 1975 when he came out to challenge the ban on gay people in the US military.
Man jailed for murdering gay teen
21st March 2013
Young man from Barnsley, South Yorkshire jailed after bullying led to tragic death. Steven Simpson, aged 18, died at a birthday party last June from severe burns after being taunted about his sexuality and learning difficulties.
My transgender life
14th March 2013
An insightful blog entry on The Independent exploring the public ‘social transition’ experienced when undergoing gender reassignment.
Does the media sensationalise bullying?
12th March 2013
A talk by journalists at the South by South West festival explores the difficulties of responsible reporting on bullying and capturing the nuances of the issue.
Guardian article ignites discussion around transphobia
14th January 2013
Articles by Suzanne Moore, Julie Bindel and Julie Birchill have ignited a row over transphobia and hate speech. Roz Kaveney responds in this comment is free article.
Being gay at school remains difficult for teachers
26th November 2012
A recent article in The Guardian highlights the difficulties many gay teachers still face today. Openly gay teachers can be positive role models for young people. However, fear of backlash and a lack of training can result in an unwillingness to support LGBT teachers and tackle homophobia.
If you’re experiencing harassment in your workplace you can receive professional and confidential support by reporting to EACH. Alternatively, if you feel that your workplace requires training around sexuality issues we can tailor a session to support your needs.
Homophobic bullying: the toughest nut to crack
14th November 2012
Focusing its anti-bullying strategy on homophobia has given teachers in one south London primary school the confidence to tackle the issue head on. Read the full article here
Homophobia in school can put LGBT students off sport for life
31st October 2012
A report published by NUS UK today has found that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students at college or university find the culture of sport to be alienating and homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia had put them off participating in sport.
EU gives added protection to targets of homophobic or transphobic hate crimes
12th September 2012
The European Parliament today agreed on a new Directive on the rights guaranteed to victims of crime in the EU including specific assistance and protection to people who suffered crime because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It is the first time EU law mentions gender expression.
Homophobia hasn’t gone away
20th July 2012
A new Times Educational Supplement article by Professor Ian Rivers discusses the continuing prevalence of homophobia in schools and the rise of homophobic bullying online. Rivers notes that ‘today homophobia has found a means of expression through technology and social media’.