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"Schools Unprepated for Homophobia"

Published onsdag 1 augusti 2007 kl 12.35

A new report from the organisation Friends shows that schools are ill-prepared for dealing with and preventing homophobia.

Hanna Wildow, who authored the report, says that ”equality always stems from a heterosexual norm” adding that ”you can’t read about gays in any history book.”

A new law was introduced last year requiring that schools actively prevent all discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Friends says that some schools are breaking that law.

Critics of the report say the education system first needs to deal with changing public opinions on gender norms, before they are able to deal with sexual norms.

Friends, which was founded ten years ago, is an organization which helps schools create plans of action to prevent bullying. The report comes as Stockholm Pride week is underway.

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