THE Head of a LGBT group in Eastbourne is outraged that school LGBT bullying projects have been axed by the government.

Betty Gallacher is chair of BourneOut, a LGBT group based in the town and which fights for equality.

She says it is appalling that government backed projects tackling bullying of LGBT students in schools have had their funding pulled.

Betty said: “This cannot be right and is totally unacceptable.
“The government pledged to continue investing in school programmes targeting homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
“Ministers have admitted that those identifying as LGBT face a higher risk of bullying which can cause long-term harm.
“I am disappointed that the BBC has now learnt the funding quietly stopped in March. This cannot be right.

“The schools should be reaching out to trade unions to speak at assemblies to help combat this sort of behaviour.

“We need to nip it in the bud now not when it is too late.

“Many youngsters take their own lives because of bullying so if we can save one life then it will be worth it.”

Betty wants Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell to take up the issue.
She said: “Caroline is a great supporter of BourneOut and she came to the opening of the LGBT Drop in Cafe in Mark Lane.
“The cafe is popular and providing a very valuable service for people lolcally who need it.
“I am proud that BourneOut can provide this service.”

The cafe currently opens three days a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.