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Uxbridge High School

LGBT and Discrimination

65% of LGBT secondary school pupils experience homophobic bullying at school.

 

The acronym ‘LGBT’ has inflated massively in popularity in the last decade as more and more people are becoming aware of the community.

But, what is it?

LGBT stands for ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender’. It was a term coined in the 1990’s to give accurate representation to everyone who faced discrimination for their sexuality or gender, without labelling them all as the ‘gay community’.

Ever since then, the community and its popularity has expanded drastically.

According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2015, 1.7% of the UK identified as being lesbian, gay, bisexual.

In our independent survey of around 70 students and staff, partakers identified as the following:

  • Gay/lesbian – 0%
  • Bisexual – 3%
  • Transgender – 4%
  • Heterosexual – 86%
  • Something else under the LGBT+ acronym – 4%
  • Refused to specify – 3%

 

With 11% identifying as LGBT, the presence is clear.

However, 9 in 10 secondary school teachers say they’ve seen students get bullied for being, or being assumed to be lesbian, gay or bisexual.

An LGBT student who was asked about this said, “It’s become a habit to hide the fact that I’m LGBT, because it’s much easier not to be judged.”

Another student said, “If [the LGBT Community] want to do something, they should be able to do it without being questioned, bullied or abused.”

Furthermore, when asked if they knew what the LGBT acronym stood for, 95% were able to answer correctly. So why is it so hard for people to accept that people are LGBT? And that being LGBT isn’t a choice, it is a lifestyle.

The Office for National Statistics states that London, specifically the North West, has the highest population of LGB in the entire UK. (2.6%)

Despite our survey participants all attending school in this area, only half were able to tell us that they had friends who they knew were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The acceptance of them is about the same.

A large proportion (50%) of our participants found that this statement resonated with them:

“I don’t think that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is wrong, but it makes me uncomfortable/my religion is against it.

However, this is a stark comparison to the 36% who expressed totally positive opinion and support of the community.

Meanwhile, 9% believed it was “unnatural/illogical”.

But there’s more.

When asked if they thought there were more than two genders, almost 60% of those who answered all agreed that:

“No, I believe the only genders are male and female only and there is no spectrum.”

A further 20% weren’t even aware a gender spectrum existed.

 

Our 70 survey candidates were pitched this statement.

“Being LGBT makes no sense because, from a biological standpoint, being attracted to the same gender violates evolutionary desires to increase the population and therefore members don’t/shouldn’t exist.”

When asked about LGBT making sense from a biological standpoint, one person said:

“Being attracted to the same sex or starting a relationship with someone of the same gender should not be seen as wrong or unnatural simply due to biological conceptions of evolution and increasing population size- I don’t believe this should be the main goal of any relationship and this view heavily implies that being LGBT Is a decision consciously made to create some sort of imbalance within society instead of the reality: humans being born with the capacity to love.”

We should do more to combat LGBT discrimination as it is a human right to love.

 

- Khameel and Callum