Council campaign against anti-gay bullying is praised

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Sheffield Council has been named one of the best authorities in the country for its work tackling homophobic bullying in schools.

For a third year in a row, gay equality charity Stonewall ranked the council in its top 10 local authorities. The council was eighth.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, said: “I passionately believe no-one has the right to bully anyone else and especially not over their sexuality.

“I am proud that Sheffield has been named as one of the best for tackling this hurtful, intimidating and totally unnecessary behaviour. Homophobic bullying has a profound impact on young people’s attainment. It is unacceptable and must be stamped out.”

Sheffield Council has helped to create an anti-homophobic bullying charter – which a number of secondary schools have now signed up to, with more being urged to come forward and join.

Now it is spearheading a similar charter for primary schools, to help educated youngsters and cut out the causes of homophobic bullying from an early age.

Sheffield’s work has been praised by gay celebrities including Elton John and Sir Ian McKellan.