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Standing up to the bullies

The Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has been in Sussex today to see a school's ground-breaking work to tackle homophobic bullying. Blatchington Mill in Hove has appointed some of its students as "equality commissioners" to challenge prejudice.

The school says it's vital that all youngsters feel safe and valued, or their education can be seriously affected.

Malcolm Shaw has been speaking to Ed Milliband, Stephen Murtagh, a victim of homophobic bullying, Equality Commissioners Rosie Bradley and Joshua Drabble and Deputy Headteacher Nick Wergan.

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Bid to kick homophobia out of football

The campaign follows recent reports of homophobic chants at matches Credit: Press Association

Following on from the recent report on homophobia at Brighton & Hove Albion FC matches, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has sponsored an Early Day Motion calling on clubs, supporters, the police and football authorities to act.

EDM 1265 (Homophobic Chants at Football Games), highlights the extent of the problem of homophobic insults used at Brighton & Hove Albion games and calls for action from the host of parties involved with football matches.

Commenting, Mr Weatherley said: “Given the nature of this problem, I was keen to highlight this issue in Parliament. Homophobic behaviour at Albion games – and football games in general – is totally unacceptable and has no place in sport or civilised society.

Fans can be assured that I will continue to address this issue until these narrow-minded insults are a thing of the past.”

Don't suffer in silence

Hampshire police have released a new video to encourage the victims of homophobic crime to speak out. The movie, which was filmed in Portsmouth, tells the story of a man whose is abused outside a bar and the support he receives afterwards.

Detectives say they don't want gay, lesbian, bi and transgender people to suffer in silence. The force released the film to highlight the work of their Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs). If you are a victim you can all Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111