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School pupils produce films to take on homophobic bullying

The films explore bullying and LGBT issues.

Pupils across Wales have been producing anti-homophobic films as part of a project tackling bullying in schools.

Figures released by equality charity Stonewall, found over half to young gay people experience homophobic bullying and 40 per cent of those bullied have attempted, or thought about attempting, to end their own lives. Now schools across Wales are producing a series of eight short films dealing with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender bullying as part of a project run by the Iris Prize Festival.

Among those taking part in project are pupils from Aberdare Community School, who chose to focus on bisexuality in their film.

Watch Dean Thomas's report:

A lot of people aren't afraid, so we want to boost that even more and say it's OK to be bisexual or gay or lesbian, because that's you.

– Annabelle Dennis, Pupil, Aberdare Community School

All the films are available to watch for free on Youtube and pupils at the school hope their feature will help others learn more about homophobic discrimination.

The project has also helped the pupils learn valuable skills in film production.

For more information or advice visit Stonewall Cymru's website, email cyrmu@stonewallcymru.org.uk or call 08000 502020.