Details have been announced of a new lottery-funded project which aims to tackle youth homophobia in Doncaster.
The lesbian gay bi-sexual charity Doncaster Pride hopes to ‘educate out’ homophobia from the borough’s secondary schools.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the project will last for three years and will also attempt to provide support to the wider LGB community.
Chair of Doncaster Pride Cath Fox said they would work with Doncaster schools to adapt policies and the curriculum to be more inclusive.
She added: “The project’s aims are twofold.
“Firstly we aim to work across the borough with the council, agencies and schools to help formulate and deliver support into schools to educate Doncaster’s teens to better understand the effects of homophobia and adopt anti-discriminatory behaviour.
“Secondly we aim to establish, through this project, a point of support and information to young LGB people and their families in Doncaster.”
Over the next three years Doncaster Pride will work closely with Doncaster Council to assist in their role as Stonewall education champions.
The programme provides bespoke support and guidance to local authorities in tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in their local schools.
A council spokesman said: “Evidence will be collected over the next couple of months and new opportunities will be planned for schools in partnership with Doncaster Pride.
“We welcome schools to come forward as best practice lead schools to support this development.”
Since 2007 the charity has been holding events, open to everyone, for Doncaster Pride which is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
A Winter Pride event is being planned for February 1 and 2, at Crystals Bar and Nightclub, where there will be over 10 hours of cabaret over two days, featuring drag performers from across the UK.
This year’s free Summer Pride event is also being organised, to be held on August 16 at the Civic Square.