Anti-gay bullying site inundated
The new anti-gay bullying site launched less than a month ago by a Dutch gay magazine has received almost 200 reports of homophobic abuse. The site was created by the Dutch gay magazine, the .
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Henk Krol says there were far more reports than he had expected. He says the national ombudsman and the Public Prosecutors Service PPS have both assured him of their support and cooperation. The PPS says all police forces in the Netherlands will be issued with guidelines to help them deal with homophobic bullying and violence.
According to recent research, many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender LGBT youth are bullied at school and some 300,000 adult LGBT people in the Netherlands are not out at work because they are afraid of bullying and homophobic abuse.
Gay/Straight Alliance Suicide rates among LGBT youth are much higher than among their heterosexual counterparts and at least 50% have contemplated suicide. Twenty-five percent of lesbian girls attempt suicide – five times the rate of heterosexual girls – and 12.5 percent of gay boys attempt suicide – twice the number of their hetero counterparts.
The Dutch LGBT rights and advocacy organisation COC helped to start gay/straight alliances in Dutch schools order to tackle homophobia and improve acceptance of LGBT teens. Dutch GSA's are now in their second year and will hold their 2nd Purple Friday on 9 December. Students wear purple armbands and buttons to draw attention to homophobia.
A COC spokesperson said the GSAs are necessary because
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