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Queer at school - These 5 tips against bullying can help

5 tips against queer problems at school

Not only during puberty, but also for a few years afterwards, many adolescents and young adults feel left alone. The feelings go crazy and the body also changes.

Actually, this mix creates a high stress level in many cases anyway. If, in addition, it becomes clear that the sexual orientation should deviate from the (unfortunately) so often cited norm, the chaos is perfect.

In this context, many fear being bullied by their classmates. Sometimes it does not remain a mere fear. There are also many young people who are sceptical about homosexuality and can influence the everyday life of those affected in an extremely negative way.

First of all: Bullying makes you sick

One thing is certain: bullying is no trivial offence and neither funny nor "a small thing". Those who bully other people because of their appearance, sexual orientation or other characteristics exert such pressure on the victims that the symptoms can also affect the body, among other things.

Demotivation, mistrust, fear and despair... These are just a few of the classic symptoms that can accompany bullying.

In addition, many affected people suffer from nausea, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath and dizziness. This is exactly why it is so important not to look away.

But how can victims of bullying defend themselves? The following tips could be a support.

5 tips against homophobia and transphobia at school

Tip 1: confide in another person

If queer bullying is already part of everyday life, the first step is to turn to a trustworthy person. This is the first step that leads out of the victim role.

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Further steps can then be planned together. If anonymous help is preferred, the telephone counselling service can be called at any time. Often it already helps to talk about the problem so that you no longer feel completely alone.

Tip 2: Involve teachers

Teachers are only human and in everyday life they sometimes miss the conflicts of their students. Often, of course, the bullies wait with their attacks until the teachers are no longer present.

This is exactly why it is important to make the educator aware of the situation. This way, those responsible can keep a special eye on the situation and sensitise the students to the issue of bullying.

Tip 3: Find a queer support group

Traumatic experiences can often be better processed in a group. Things that one might have previously classified as "embarrassing" sometimes become banal. Especially when there are people in the room who have experienced the same (or similar) things.

The internet is also an excellent place for queers to go. Here you can find many digital self-help groups on the topic of bullying.

Tip 4: See a psychologist

The decision to see a psychologist is also anything but embarrassing, of course. Those who are bullied every day unfortunately sometimes believe exactly what the bully says. The result: self-confidence drops considerably.

Often it is not possible to rebuild this under one's own steam. If you prefer individual counselling instead of self-help groups, you should consult a psychologist. This can often help to rebuild self-confidence.

Tip 5: a new queer environment

If all tips do not lead to the desired result and the situation is still unbearable, the only last step is to move to a new environment or to change school or class.

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A different class or a new school can help to restore the old quality of life. Sometimes it is best to start everything over and face the new environment as a gay man with confidence.

5 tips against homophobia and transphobia at school

 

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