In view of the recent proposed changes in consensual gay relationship in India, a worrying trend among children has to be examined in detail.
Older school Children use gay jobes/insults in an increasing trend of 'sexual bullying'. These insults can be directed at vulnerable children irrespective of sexual orientation/inclination/looks.
Balls bans children's 'gay' jibes as government cracks down on sexual bullying in UK
04th July 2009
A fresh move to ban children from using the word 'gay' as an insult was made by Schools Secretary Ed Balls last night.
He said insults based on sexuality should be taken 'as seriously as racism'. His department is now set to publish new guidance to crack down on 'sexist and sexual' bullying.
But Tory MP Philip Davies condemned Mr Balls for producing 'more politically-correct nonsense'.
Mr Balls last issued sexual bullying guidance to schools nearly two years ago, with step-by-step advice and sanctions such as detention and suspension.
His officials admitted his new call for action was an admission that there is still a problem.
Writing on the Labour List website, Mr Balls hit out at how pupils use 'gay' as a general term of abuse.
'Even casual use of homophobic language in schools – such as the worryingly prevalent use of the word "gay" as a derogatory term – can create an atmosphere that isolates young people and can be the forerunner for more serious forms of bullying,' he said.
'Homophobic bullying creates an ugly climate of intimidation and can make it harder for young people to come out.
'Whether it's directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual young people, our guidance makes clear that such bullying should be challenged.'
He said his department had sent out the 'first guidance on tackling homophobic bullying' in partnership with gay rights group Stonewall and Educational Action Challenging Homophobia.
Guidance has been sent to schools on tackling 'cyberbullying, bullying of children with a disability or special educational needs' as well as 'bullying on the grounds of race, religion or culture'.
But Mr Balls said he was now determined to see a fresh crackdown on bullying because of sexuality.
'Growing up can be challenging enough for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,' he said.
'Being bullied and discriminated against at school as well can make life miserable and sometimes fearful, too.'