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Homophobic Bullying in Ireland: OP-ED

So, what about Homophobic Bullying in Ireland? If we do not stand up to prejudice in all its forms, if we condone it or stand by while it happens…then how do we expect the world to be any kinder to us?

When examining Homophobic Bullying in Ireland, one must ponder the reasons as to the spread of Homophobic Bullying in Ireland. why are some not accepting homosexuals or teens examining their sexual orientation?

Minorities are always prone to discrimination (and we are not only referring to race or background, we mean religion, abilities, and sexual orientation)… but we need to remember that majority is always subject to change- just as a blind child may be ridiculed at a regular school; a regular child could be targeted at a school for the visually impaired.

How can anyone consider themselves impervious…solid?

Just because you fit the social standard at a particular time or place; doesn’t mean you always will. The only way to ensure a well-functioning, harmonious society- is by establishing a sense of tolerance within each and every member of it- regardless of any other existing factors.

Unfortunately now at Irish schools, this belief has been contaminated.

Through a series of research covering Schools in Ireland, Homophobic Bullying in Ireland has been documented as one of the most pervasive forms of bullying. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual teenagers experience a much higher level of bullying than other young people.

The anti-bullying research centre in Trinity College, Dublin, found that 16% of all Irish second level students were the targets of bullying. The major study Supporting LGBT Lives, funded by the HSE national office for suicide prevention, found that among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people the figures were even higher with 50% having experienced verbal homophobic bullying; 40% having been verbally threatened by fellow students; 25% having been physically threatened by their peers; and 34% having heard homophobic comments from their teachers. A frightening number on Homophobic Bullying in Ireland to say the least.

The impact which Homophobic Bullying in Ireland on these teenagers is severe: Research shows that 27% of LGBT people have self-harmed and 50% of LGBT people under 25 years have seriously thought of ending their lives. A total of 20% of LGBT people under 25 have gone through with it and attempted suicide.  1 in 5 have committed suicide, how many do you believe will have succeeded in ending their lives because they have received no compassion from their society?

It’s sad to see that the community does not intervene; that there are no laws enacted to protect the rights and well-being of these individuals among other minority types. For a nation that prides itself on its ability to stand up for the weak and weary; it’s now necessary to take the initiative.

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