All tagged bullying prevention
I've made bullying prevention one of my top priorities, including cyber-bullying and anti-LGBT bullying. In all my advocacy and research, I seem to have missed another important subset of bullying: gay men bullying other gay men ("gay-shaming" or "gay-on-gay" bullying). It never occurred to me that LGBT persons, who have been victims of bullying themselves for many years, would then turn to bullying members of their own community. That is until I was the target of such bullying.
For a long time, bullying in schools went largely unaddressed in America. Teachers would dismiss it as "kids being kids" and parents would justify it as a way to "toughen kids up for the real world." One of the leading bullying prevention advocacy groups ascribes historical sentiment for bullying as a "childhood rite of passage." And then, bullies discovered the Internet and a whole new word was forged: cyberbullying. Because of this far-reaching platform, it soon became understood that bullying doesn't "toughen" kids, it tears them down.