Research reveals homophobia and transphobia rife in universities

Pioneering research carried out by the NUS has revealed that one in five LGB+ (lesbians, gay, bisexual or other identifying) students, and a third of trans students have experienced bullying or harassment of some form while on campus.

The research also revealed that only one in five trans people said that they feel completely safe while on campus. LGB+ students are also most likely to consider dropping out of their course than heterosexual students, with those who have experienced homophobia 2-3 times more likely to leave University.

NUS’ LGBT Officers Sky Yarlett and Finn McGoldrick said: “This research confirms our fears about the impact that isolation, discrimination and coming out has on LGBT students. It’s appalling to hear that LGBT students don’t feel safe in an educational environment and are experiencing bullying just because of who they are.”