“I think it surprised me how homophobic people were.”
These are the words of the fictional Charlie Spring, protagonist of the heart-rending and uplifting queer drama series Heartstopper, but his words speak to the reality of thousands of LGBTQ+ youth in Britain’s schools.
“I thought things were better nowadays,” he goes on to say, his voice shaking with anxiety and shame.
As an LGBTQ+ teacher, this was the line that hit the hardest. It is the line I hear from my LGBTQ+ friends and allies when I speak to them about the ways I have seen queer and trans students treated in schools today.
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