Sheffield Hallam report finds young gay people bullied across Europe

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A Sheffield Hallam University report into bullying and barriers faced by young gay people in five countries has been launched at the European Parliament.

Research into problems suffered by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people, both in education and employment, was carried out in Croatia, Denmark, the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Poland.

The study of 15- to 38-year-olds found 73 per cent had experienced name-calling while at school, and one in three had considered suicide as a result of homophobia there.

But some of those questioned had managed to overcome the bullies and were more motivated to achieve success in their careers.

Almost nine out of 10 also said their experiences hadn’t affected their educational aspirations, with some people saying their experiences had heightened their determination to do well.

But the report also found that hardly any of those questioned had advice or support offered to them either in schools, employment or youth work settings.