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UNESCO releases video on school-related homophobic and transphobic violence

17 May 2016

Homophobic and transphobic violence in educational settings is a global issue faced by all countries, with the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) students who are subjected to violence in schools ranging from 55 per cent in Thailand to 85 per cent in the United States. This violence also impacts students who are not LGBTI, but are perceived not to conform to sexual and gender norms.

As part of UNESCO’s efforts to ensure all children and young people fulfil their right to a quality education, UNESCO has today released a new video and infographic. Unveiled at UNESCO’s International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression, on 17-18 May, the video and graphics aim to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence in education and encourage education sectors to plan and implement effective responses.