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Bournemouth MP teams up with Will Young over playground insults
12:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A BOURNEMOUTH MP is joining pop singer Will Young in an effort to stop the use of the word “gay” as a playground insult.
Pop Idol winner Young wants more done to tackle homophobic language, especially in schools, and has taken up the issue with education secretary Michael Gove.
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns, who is openly gay, has asked written parliamentary questions on the issue and is arranging meetings with officials.
“It’s a term of abuse that’s homophobic and very hurtful to young people,” he said.
“I’ve had a number of people in my constituency in Bournemouth who have spoken to me about it, who were struggling with their sexuality and who feel the taunt of the word gay deeply offensive and very hurtful.
“We need to achieve with homophobic language the same degree of unacceptability that racist and sexist terms have, over the last couple of decades, come to be given.”
Will Young has highlighted statistics showing 23 per cent of young gay people attempt suicide and 56 per cent self-harm.
He has been working with the charity Stonewall over the issue.
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