EACH news and blog
Bradley Stoke Community School celebrates good Ofsted inspection with EACH
10th June 2013
Bradley Stoke Community School were delighted to receive an 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.
EACH delivering training at the Bullying Intervention Group’s Best Practice Conference in June
5th May 2013
On 27th June 2013 EACH will be delivering a talk on challenging homophobia in schools at the BIG Award’s annual conference. The conference will focus on best practice and modern approaches to anti-bullying work. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from award winning schools, expert organisations, Ofsted advisers and Childline’s Esther Rantzen about the valuable work being done to challenge bullying.
The BIG Award is a national award for excellence run by the Bullying Intervention Group (BIG).
EACH works in partnership with Victim Support
3rd May 2013
This May Victim Support convened the training conference ‘Reaching Hidden Communities’, which aimed to increase awareness of different communities and some of the issues that face them. Susanne Jarman reflects on the success of the day in this blog post.
EACH to deliver keynote speech on prejudice-driven bullying at North Somerset conference
24th April 2013
North Somerset Council have invited EACH to deliver a keynote speech on prejudice-driven bullying at their Anti-Bullying Conference in July. Educational professionals from across North Somerset are invited to attend the conference which will bring together current thinking and guidance on best policy and practice in anti-bullying. For further details about the event click the flyer below or book online via North Somerset Council’s Continuing Professional Development website.
Alternatively, if your organisation would benefit from EACH’s expertise on homophobia, transphobia and cyber-harassment visit our training and consultancy pages.
EACH begins workshop series with Bridge Learning Campus as part of the Reach project
19th April 2013
Today EACH delivered the first in a series of workshops with year 9 students at Bridge Learning Campus school exploring homophobic, sexist and cyberbullying. 11 students will be working towards a contribution to the Reach resource which is drawing together young people’s voices on the increasingly widspread problem of cyberhomophobia and homophobic bullying.
For more information about the project and how your school or youth group can get involved visit the Reach pages.
Reach Cybersurvey animation launched
18th March 2013
Today EACH launches the Reach Cybersurvey animation which was produced with film-maker Catarina Oliveira. The animation raises awareness about homophobia online, as well as highlights the support that EACH can provide to targets of homophobic and transphobic prejudice.
We are urging supporters to share the video widely to help challenge homophobic and transphobic bullying whether online or offline…(read more).
Awareness raising with Bristol and North Somerset Victim Advocate Unit
11th March 2013
This week EACH visited the newly established Victim Advocacy Unit for Bristol and North Somerset. The Victim Advocacy Unit aims to increase victim satisfaction by ensuring everything realistically possible is done to help victims to feel safe and be safe. Working with victims from any crime type Victim Advocates are separate from the investigation and offer in-depth advice or make referrals to other agencies.
EACH delivered an awareness raising session with the Victim Advocates in order to explain the specialist support EACH provides for targets of homophobic and transphobic incidents, and highlight the many ways in which Victim Advocates can refer service-users to us. If you are a Bristol-based agency and feel your staff would benefit from an awareness raising session about EACH’s support services feel free to contact us on email@example.com or 0117 946 7607.
EACH visits Avon and Somerset Police Cadets in North Somerset
1st March 2013
Last night EACH visited Avon and Somerset Police Cadets in North Somerset to raise awareness around homophobia and transphobia. The police cadets are a unit of young volunteers who make a difference in their community by handing out personal safety information and delivering crime prevention advice.
EACH spoke to 30 police cadets between the ages of 14 and 17 about their experiences of homophobia, transphobia and cyberbullying. We also explained the support that EACH provides to targets of homophobic and transphobic incidents, as well as the work we do with their police colleagues to prevent such incidents. The session was received with enthusiasm by the cadets and we look forward to continuing to support their valuable work in North Somerset.
In the news
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.
Anti-bullying poem goes viral
25th February 2013
An animated spoken word poem by Shane Kocyzan telling the stories of bullied children has gone viral. The poem aims to confront and raise awareness about the widespread problem.
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’.