A leading LGBT charity has named Birmingham City as one of the best local authorities in Britain for both tackling LGBT bullying and celebrating difference within its education system.
The council, which came 8th and was behind fellow West Midlands city, Leicestershire, which came in 6th.
When asked about the positive steps that Birmingham City council has made for LGBT youth, Stonewall said:
Speaking about the report, Councillor Brigid Jones, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Schools, said:
“Birmingham City Council’s Education and Schools Strategy and Improvement Plan makes a strategic commitment to offer all schools training on preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and creating LGBT inclusive spaces.
LGBT awareness training has been delivered to 60 Early Years Foundation Stage practitioners with each attendee given an All families welcome jigsaw puzzle, featuring photos of same-sex parents and their children in locations around Birmingham, to use in their settings. Primary pupil ambassadors visit other schools in the city to spread their No Outsiders ethos and encourage them to celebrate difference.
Inter-agency partnership work, through the Bullying Reduction Action Group (BRAG), continues to drive Birmingham’s anti-bullying work. BRAG has developed a new partnership with PAPYRUS (the national charity for the prevention of young suicide) to look at ways to support young people at risk of suicide, including those who are LGBT.”
“I’m really pleased Birmingham has been recognised as one of the leading authorities when it comes to tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools. There is of course still some way to go until we are in a place where nobody is bullied or treated differently because of their sexuality or gender identity, and we will continue to do all we can to create a safe and supportive atmosphere in all our schools for all our young people.”
This news comes in the same year that the council was ranked as the UK’s 28th best employer for LGBT youth in the Stonewall 2016 top 100 employers report.