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THE DIANA AWARD PARTNERS WITH HIT SHOW ‘EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE’ FOR ANTI-BULLYING WEEK

New research revealed ahead of Anti-Bullying Week attended by celebrities and invite to hit musical

12 November 2018

New research, released for Anti-Bullying Week, reveals:
• Nearly half (43%) of young people have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards being LGBTQ+
• Nearly half (45%) of young people have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative about race or skin colour.
• Over a third (35%) of young people have been called gay or lesbian as an insult
• Over half (58%) of young people say their school has never taught LGBTQ+ focused lessons.

A new Survation Survey, commissioned by The Diana Award and ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’, reveals that nearly half of young people (43%) have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards being LGBTQ+ and 45% of young people have heard their friends use discriminatory language about race or skin colour. Over a third (35%) of young people have been called gay or lesbian as an insult.

The Diana Award is urging schools to celebrate what makes pupils unique during Anti-Bullying Week (12-17 Nov).

The charity is partnering with the West-End show ‘Everybody’s Talking about Jamie’ to highlight that every young person should feel accepted and find a place where they belong in their school community. A special gala night will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 12 November.

The Diana Award is partnering with hit show ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’.

In advance of the gala night, to kick-off Anti-Bullying Week on Monday 12 November at Alexandra Palace, London:
Over 600 young Anti-Bullying Ambassadors aged 5-18 from across the UK are coming together to participate in a hands on event designed to inspire young people to creatively explore bullying issues through drama, singing, photography, rap, graffiti art, and public speaking – all led by celebrity talent. Cast members of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will run a workshop at the event which is supported by Department for Education, Twitter and Trutex.

The Diana Award runs the leading Anti-Bullying Campaign in the UK and Ireland giving young people, professionals and parents the skills, confidence and training to tackle all forms of bullying as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

“Nearly half of secondary school students have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards being LGBTQ+ and 45% of young people have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative about race or skin colour, which is why during Anti-Bullying Week we are delighted to kick off a year long partnership with hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

The play encourages everyone, particularly young people, to be themselves and educates the audience about the power of language and the need to celebrate difference. This is at the heart of our work training young people to be Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Sadly, we know at the charity The Diana Award that school can be a place where young people don’t feel accepted and are targeted for their identity. We are calling on schools to do more this Anti-Bullying Week to tackle all forms of bullying, particularly in light of this research.”
Alex Holmes, Deputy CEO of The Diana Award

“We shouldn’t have to live in a world where bullying exists and the best way to tackle it is through education. Charities like The Diana Award and their Anti-Bullying programme and campaign do great work in raising the self-esteem of individuals and it is an honour to be working with this charity.”
Jamie Campbell

The Diana Award is a core member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The Anti-Bullying Alliance coordinates Anti-Bullying week and focuses on tacking bullying whether it is happening to them or someone else, face to face or online #AntiBullyingWeek.

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