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Quinn opens conference on tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 03:50 PM

Minister Ruairi Quinn and Deputy John Lyons at the ILGA conference

The Minister for Science and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, today opened a conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying, in association with Ireland’s Presidency of the EU Council.

Held by the ILGA – Europe, (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) which is examining the issue of homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in association with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services.

Creating safer and more inclusive schools for LGBT youth is a rising priority across Europe. It is also a key priority of the Government and forms a core part of the recent Action Plan on Bullying launched by Minister Quinn last month.

“It is clear that education can play a key role in supporting these students, and in tackling the underlying prejudices which can lead to homophobic and transphobic bullying. The Action plan on Bullying which I recently launched specifically addresses these issues and includes several concrete proposals to tackle them,” Minister Quinn told the conference.

 

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