Local students disappointed that LGBTI+ pupils feeling isolated

Students in Monaghan feel disappointed that a large number of LGBTI+ students feel isolated in school.

A new report from BeLonG To youth services found 73 per cent of LGBTI+ students have reported feeling unsafe at school, with more than half of students having heard transphobic remarks from teachers and staff.

These figures come as students throughout the region mark Stand-Up week, which started on Monday and sees students throughout Ireland take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

Earlier this week students from schools in the Monaghan Town area attended an event in Beech Hill College to hear about how they could tackle such bullying in their own schools.

The event was led by Barry McSkeane, the LGBTI+ Youth Development Officer for Cavan and Monaghan.

Speaking to Northern Sound News these students gave their reaction to the talk and what could be done going forward: