It is against the law for a school to discriminate against a pupil because of their sexual orientation. Schools should also offer protection against homophobic bullying or harrassment. The Education Law Unit can offer you advice about your rights and what to do if you feel you are being treated unfairly.
What is discrimination?
Let’s look at some examples:
Say your teacher is speaking in class about their strong religious views, which disapprove of your sexual orientation. Now they are perfectly entitled to their views, that’s not a problem, but if they begin to lecture you and make you feel uncomfortable – that’s discrimination.
If you’re being taught about relationships at school, your questions and problems shouldn’t be ignored just because the teacher assumes everyone is (or should be) straight – that’s discrimination.
If you’re being bullied or people are calling you names just because of who you are – you deserve better than that. Your school should be helping you and trying to put a stop to homophobic bullying just as much as if it was any other type of bullying. If you’re left to try and cope on your own – that’s discrimination.
If you think you have been discriminated against, victimised or harassed at school because of your sexual orientation, we can offer help, advice and representation to make sure that you receive the equal treatment you deserve.