For far too many LGBT children, bullying and discrimination is still a regular and unhappy part of t

One of the things I enjoy most about being the Children’s Commissioner for England is meeting hundreds of children, from all parts of the country with all sorts of different backgrounds. Every child I talk to has a different story to tell, because every child’s life experience is different, and every child just wants to be themselves.


When I speak to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people, many of them tell me that while they know society’s attitudes have changed in recent years, they still find it really hard growing up LGBT. Sadly, for far too many, bullying and discrimination is still a regular and unhappy part of their school life.


I have heard from LGBT students about how homophobic remarks at school or college can cause them hurt, affect their confidence and even lead them to question who they are. Coping with homophobic bullying is even more difficult if there are no role models who have experienced similar things when they were growing up. That is why the brilliant support and advice teachers and pupils provide during School Diversity Week is so important – and why