Lets treat bullying seriously and 'everyone' equally
In the UK the figure there was just 1.5 percent according to the National Statistics Office .
Belong to Youth Services is an lgbt youth organisation , a listed member of coalition to repeal the 8th which is an irish lobby group calling for abortion on demand and up until birth , and a member of ILGA-Europe - the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association , a Brussels based lobby group funded by George Soros (open society initiative for europe) and the EU Commission .
Its members on the working group were Michael Barron (now of Equate Ireland) and Carol Anne O'Brien
G.L.E.N ltd (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network)
Its members on the working group were Brian sheehan now co chair of the executive board of ILGA-Europe and executive director of the social democrats and Sandra Irwin Gowran
Cyber bulling which is a big issue nowadays only had 1 representative.
The Minister then orders them to - put a specific focus on homophobic bullying .
I asked the working group to put a specific focus on homophobic bullying
In line with the commitment in the Programme for Government I asked the working group to put a specific focus on homophobic bullying
- Ruairi Quinn
In January 2013 , the study completed its work and the Action Plan on Bullying was published .
1) Teaching the new SPHE resource 'Growing Up LGBT' ( a Belong and GLEN publication )
In September 2013 , the recommendations within the Action Plan on Bullying were incorporated into the Government's Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools .
Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools
programmes focused on developing pupils awareness of bulling should deal explicitly with and in particular homophobic and transphobic bullying .
For example , the inclusion of LGBT posters on notice boards , discussions with parents about specific statements of welcome and respect for LGBT members of the school ,
* teaching the SPHE resource growing up LGBT and participating in LGBT awareness events .
- Policy 6.5.4
to make your school a welcoming and safe place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students. Stand Up Awareness Week tackles homophobic and transphobic bullying by encouraging friendship between LGBT young people and other young people
-Carol-Anne O'Brien , Director at Belong
In 2016 , Belong Ltd Announced a new programme for our Primary School Children .
The Programme is called 'All Together Now' and is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.
According to their Brochure the purpose of the Primary School programme is :
To allow children to become familiar with human rights with specific reference to homophobic and transphobic bullying.
To explore the Equality Act and the Gender Recognition Act and identify what constitutes discrimination/harassment and how individuals can counter these.
- Belong's new programme for Primary School Children
In their new Brochure for Primary Schools they recommend the following activities :
The children can be updated on the recent passing of the Gender Recognition Act (2015) which recognises the right of transgender people to be legally recognised as their preferred gender (seeslides)
And Discuss the following scenarios
Peter has two mums. They’re now planning a wedding after the marriage referendum was passed to allow people of the same sex to get married in Ireland. Most of Peter’s friends don’t comment on his parents, but a few children from another class whisper when he comes near, and one day they shouted “You’re family is weird” at him…
Conor tries to be a very good uncle to his nieces and nephews, particularly hisgodchildren Katie and Aaron. He gets a bit embarrassed sometimes when they askhim where his girlfriend is at family celebrations. He is nervous about telling thefamily that actually he has a boyfriend…
- Belong's new primary school programe for 5th and 6th class
In addition to schools , GLEN Ltd have recently announced a new venture in the workplace , Their New Programme Diversity Champions .
Diversity Champions is Ireland's first and only not-for profit workplace programme designed specifically to assist Irish employers benefit from the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees
The reason I mention it is because they use the word - "inclusion" , However , further inspection of their programme shows that it involves distinguishing lgbt people from everyone else by setting them aside into groups based on their sexuality , holding special events for them based on their sexuality and even suggest companies use their recruitment service to specifically "target" lgbt people when hiring new employees.
Benefits for employers :
"Targeted recruitment to the LGBT community via Diversity Champions Website"
Catherine Zappone , Minister for children has recently announced an additional source of funding for these organisations
Freedom of conscience and the free profession and practice of religion are, subject to public order and morality, guaranteed to any citizen.
-Article 44.2.1 of our Constitution
In December 2015 , Michael Barron , realising the only barrier to him reaching every school in Ireland was indeed religion and religious run schools , founded a new business called - Equate Ireland , Equality in Education .
We want to see changes to school admissions policies, curriculum, patronage and the management of our schools
- Michael Barron , CEO Equate ( founder of Belong and Stand up week)
The ISPCC are backing Michael Barron in his new venture . Both Organisations previously worked together , supporting a Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum .
In Conclusion , Bullying is no doubt an horrific torment for many pupils , wether it is homophobic or any other type of bullying it is never ever acceptable .
However , To try to solve the problem by starting off on the basis that one form of bullying (homophobic) is more prevalent to other types when the statistics and research do not support that claim , is not going to solve any problems for our young people .
The Fact that our Government is spending so much money on these campaigns while in the process discriminating against people who dont identify as gay really shows that this is not about bullying at all but its about something much different.
It would appear that the idea of equality has now gone on to the next phase i.e "Everyone is Equal but some people are more equal than others"
The Book - Animal Farm by George Orwell , immediately springs to mind .
The Animals publish their 7 commandments - Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. No animal shall wear clothes. No animal shall sleep in a bed. No animal shall drink alcohol. No animal shall kill any other animal . The Most important Commandment is 'all animals are equal' .
As time passes , the animals notice that the Pigs have started to take over and are walking upright on two legs , wearing clothes , drinking alcohol and sleeping in beds.
The commandments have also now changed to "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others" and "Four legs good, two legs better!"