On the international day of action against homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia has been released a report on the monitored behavior and characteristics in educational settings around the world as regard these sensitive area.

This report includes:

1. Transphobia is a range of antagonistic attitudes and feeling against transgender people. It can be emotional disgust, fear, anger etc.

2. Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feeling towards homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being gay.

3. Biphobia is aversion towards bisexuality and bisexual people as a social group or individuals.

In almost 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is still considered illegal, and in many more countries still, citizens are denied their right to live according to their preferred gender identity. As well as legal discrimination, social homophobia and transphobia serve to daily deny millions of people across the world their basic human dignity.

The day was conceived in 2004. Its purpose is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination and regression of LGBT communities worldwide. This will provide an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with media policy makers. The day was commemorated with public events around the world.

The UNESCO report focused on educational settings in different continents. In the report as regards Africa, it was shown that there is a lot of violence in Educational setting. Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland were used as testing ground. It also revealed that though students and teachers were aware of this, nothing was being done. It pointed to the fact that both fellow classmates and teachers discriminated against those who are gay or who they say have tendencies to be.

Homophobic violence has an adverse impact on learning for students on the health and well being of the students subject to the violence. It is important that countries around the world start taking this serious. We are urged to teach respect and not hate.

Author: Ope Adedeji