Majority of LGBT pupils have been bullied at school
More than two-thirds of the region’s LGBT pupils say they have been bullied at school because of their sexual orientation.
And more than three-quarters insist not enough is being done to tackle the problem at secondary school level.
The shocking figures were reported to the council’s children, young people and lifelong learning committee on Tuesday.
The council’s young people champion, Adam Wilson, admitted the statistics make “uneasy reading”.
Following a motion to the council last year by Mr Wilson, backed by Councillor Ros Surtees, it was agreed to create a working group of young people to consult on inclusive education in a bid to tackle issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at schools.
This was related to the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign which aims to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
The group, working alongside LGBT Youth Scotland, was involved in workshops and oneto-one meetings with young people.
A report of their findings revealed that 68 per cent had been bullied at school on the basis of being LGBT, compared to a national figure of 71 per cent.
And 42 per cent said they would consider their school experience as “bad”, with just over half reckoning teachers were equipped to deal with LGBT issues. Seventy nine per cent said bullying had long lasting, negative effects.
But the study also revealed that 96 per cent felt safe at school.
Young people manager Mark Molloy said the report “highlights some of the good work which is already going on within our region” but added it shows there was “much more to do”.
A string of recommendations were accepted by councillors in a bid to tackle the problems.
They included recording specific incidents of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools; all head teachers attending LGBT awareness training; and the idea that all schools should “celebrate LGBT identities through at least one cultural calendar event each year”.
Councillor Wilson said: “The findings from local young LGBT people make for uneasy reading but our council is committed to ensuring that all young people in our region have the best start in life.”