One of the oldest and more persistent problems in schools all over the world is that of bullying. While there are many types of bullying, including physical, psychological, verbal, emotional, and others, we are going to focus here on bullying related to the victim's sexual orientation, real or perceived. The type of Western society that we live in, where gender roles have been established for decades, is usually dismissive of this kind of behavior, but the reality is that it does happen, and it does have very serious consequences.
Gay bullying has certainly become the white elephant in the room. Even though it has severe effects on its victims, people in positions of authority seem to prefer to ignore it, and it is still an under-researched subject. That is why it is very important for parents and teachers to become organized in theirs schools and communities, and encourage young people to speak up before it is too late.
As bad as bullying is, when institutions and authority figures are in denial about it, or simply turn a blind eye to it, they are acting actually worse than the bullies themselves. If a school is tolerant of gay, or any other type of, bullying, then it is up to the parents to do something about it, and in that sense it is important for a parent to be able to communicate with their children, if they sense that all is not well.