Last week, I asked a group of Year Seven students to close their eyes and raise their hand if they’d ever heard anything homophobic. I watched as hand after hand went up. "Now, open your eyes," I said. There was a ripple of audible surprise as they looked around. Almost every student had raised their hand.
In reality, they shouldn’t have been surprised. Growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) remains unacceptably tough: 86% regularly hear homophobic remarks at school and 52% say that bullying has had an adverse effect on their plans for future education.