As part of the launch of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Action Plan, the Government has announced that voluntary and charitable organisations are being invited to bid for £1 million of grant funding to protect school children from homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
The Government Equalities Office has already delivered the anti-bullying programme in 1,200 schools in England and is now inviting voluntary and charitable organisations to bid for £1 million of further grant funding to roll out the programme in more schools.
The money will be used to provide training for teachers on how to spot early signs of bullying and how to intervene appropriately. It will also be used to provide resources to support teachers in delivering lessons on LGBT issues to ensure all pupils feel accepted and included.
A further £1 million will also be available for organisations to improve LGBT people’s health and social care. The LGBT Survey found that at least 16% of survey respondents who accessed or tried to access healthcare services in the last year had a negative experience because of their sexual orientation, and over half of those surveyed who accessed or tried to access mental health services said they had to wait too long.
A new fund of £600,000 will also be available to local community groups, through a new LGBT Sector and Community Development Scheme to help them engage LGBT people in their area. Alongside this, these organisations will receive training and development to help them grow, mature and become more sustainable over time.