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  1. Mark Williams, Safer Wales Ltd ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  2. EqualitySo How Does it Feel? ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  3. Aims of the session To understand what life is like for homosexuals in today’s society, the impact this has on their daily lives and how this effects them ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  4. What we’ll focus on: • Language • Fear • Homophobic Hate Crime (Jonathan Charlesworth) ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  5. Language Objective • Demonstrate an understanding of how individuals are affected by discrimination • To understand the effect of abusive terms and consider more appropriate language ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  6. Language So what terms of abuse have you heard people using about someone who is a homosexual? ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  7. Impact of Language • 92% of LGB pupils suffer verbal abuse at school • “don’t come near me queer” • “don’t touch the lezzy/dyke/minger/muff muncher..” • “I get called names all the time at school, especially poof and faggot” • “Queer you enjoy that poofy bastard” (following groping) ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  8. Language Sometimes it’s more about how it is said than what is said! ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  9. Language Homosexuality and Mental health – • 1951 - Last lobotomy carried out to “cure” • 1975 - BMJ still discussed treatments to “mobilise the heterosexual elements”! • 1987 – Virginia Bottomley advocating EST to “cure” homosexuality. • 1992 - WHO de-classified as a mental health condition • 1993 - UK Gov strikes homosexuality off its list of psychiatric disorders ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  10. Language So what terms are acceptable? ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  11. Language Why use any label other than my name? ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  12. GAY! “That’s so gay” “you’re so gay” ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  13. Fear Objectives • To look at the fears that society has of gay and lesbian people • To look at the fears that gay & lesbian people have of society and how that affects their lives ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  14. Society’s fears • Fear of the unknown • Unwanted attention • Media representation ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  15. “Three lions on my shirtlifter” “Elton Takes David up the aisle” ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  16. Society’s fears • Fear of the unknown • Unwanted attention • Media representation • Homophobia ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  17. Homophobia • Giving gay people rights will erode society • Threat to one’s view of the world • Inherited family values • Has been the victim of homophobic bullying • Fear that person might be gay/lesbian themselves ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  18. Our fears/perceptions • Fear of the unknown • Loss • Rejection • By family and friends • By society • Aggression ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  19. Reality • Verbal abuse • Homophobic Hate Crime • Murder ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  20. Impact of fear • Migration • Segregation/Ghettos • Denial • Mental health issues • Suicide Rates ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  21. Employment issues • Up to half of LGB employees do not feel able to reveal their sexuality with co-workers • That’s 1.5 million people! • 9% of gay men and 12% of lesbians were harassed at work because of sexuality • Medium to long term this affects productivity; loyalty and ultimately loss of staff ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  22. “The Only Gay in the Valley” • DVD produced by Torfaen Rainbow group with funding from the National Lottery • Detailing recent experiences of lesbian & gay youths coming to terms with their sexuality ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  23. Conclusion Language Consider what you are saying and the language of people around you, is it appropriate/necessary? Don’t tolerate any abusive language Fear We don’t all enjoy the same freedom, some are still having to fight for the right to be themselves and not feel judged. People Treat people as individuals. ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach

  24. Any questions or concerns? ..a Safer Wales/Cymru Ddiogelach