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More than half of young gay people experience bullying

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Research by Stonewall shows that more than half (55 per cent) of gay young people experience homophobic bullying.

The Lesbian Gay and Bisexual charity says that if homophobic bullying goes unchallenged, it can have severe negative consequences for young people.

It says three out of five gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many have skipped school because of it. Homophobic bullying also impacts on young people's self-esteem and ambitions.

Welby to Launch Homophobic Bullying Measures

The Archbishop of Canterbury wants children to be protected from homophobic bullying Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be in Lewisham today to launch measures to tackle homophobic bullying in Church of England schools. Justin Welby recognises what he terms 'particular challenges in this area' and insists pupils must be protected.

The Archbishop explained that the guidance was about "challenging schools to strive towards a deeply accepting environment for all their pupils".

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Church of England celebrates 20 years of women clergy

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby joins women priests on the steps of St Pauls Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Church of England marked 20 years of women clergy with a celebration in central London today.

Hundreds of women clergy and their families gathered ahead of the national service to mark the 20th anniversary of the first female priests in the Church.

Hundreds gathered outside St Pauls and at a celebratory picnic. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Speaker's Chaplain to the House of Commons and a parish priest in Hackney, east London, held a placard saying: "Women: Beautifully, wonderfully made in the image of God!". She said:

"This was used back in 1992 when we had the vote. I stood on the steps of Church House silently because we were told we should not celebrate in case we upset others. Today we are going to celebrate."


Pictures: cardboard cut-out clergyman plea

Where is the vicar? Credit: Parish of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre.

The video complains:

"We have a lot of weddings, but we've got no vicar.

"We have a lot of baptisms, but we've got no vicar.

"We've got a lovely Church of England primary school, but we've got no vicar."

How can church-goers get married without a vicar? Credit: Parish of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre.
Who will talk to the children in assembly? Credit: Parish of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre.