10 Ways to Build a Safer Community

Youth who are, or are thought to be, LGBT, are at a higher risk of dropping out of school, of suffering from depression and self-harm. Working together, we can create safer, stronger communities, to work towards putting an end to bullying. Here are 10 ways to help build a safer community: Use respectful and appropriate […]

HomoCulture Brian Webb

This article was published on October 31st, 2012

Youth who are, or are thought to be, LGBT, are at a higher risk of dropping out of school, of suffering from depression and self-harm. Working together, we can create safer, stronger communities, to work towards putting an end to bullying.

Here are 10 ways to help build a safer community:

  1. Use respectful and appropriate language.
  2. Do not ignore discrimination or harassment.
  3. Stand for strong anti-bullying / harassment policies in schools and workplaces.
  4. Advocate for films, books, events and campaigns that provide education around diversity and sexuality.
  5. Be a responsible adult and publically oppose bullying and support diversity.
  6. Bring cyber-bullying to the attention of the authorities.
  7. Attend training workshops and seminars to learn how to respond to bullying.
  8. Understand health education and how to get help.
  9. Involve local LGBT resource centres, advocate groups and and health services.
  10. Be available. If you know someone who is in distress, is being bullied or needs a safe zone, assist them with getting the immediate help they require.
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