Children discover their sexual orientation as young as 12 years old, according to research

Research also finds 67% of Irish LGBT students witness bullying of other LGBT student in their schools

Research shows children mostly commonly discover their sexual orientation at 12 years old.

The research, piloted by LGBTIreland and BeLonG To, was released today at the launch of All Together Now, an anti-LGBT bullying resource for primary schools in Ireland. 

Launched today at the INTO Education Centre, the initiative was developed by Dr. Bernie Collins, Dr. Seline Keating and Prof. Morgan from St Patrick’s College.

"The LGBTIreland report confirmed that addressing homophobia and transphobia is urgent for primary schools as 12 is the most common age for LGBT young people in Ireland to discover their sexual orientation," Moninne Griffith, Executive Director of BeLonG To said.

All Together Now was part-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and developed in partnership with education partners including the INTO.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said that through awareness, training and prevention, homophobic bullying in schools can be tackled.

BeLonG To are encouraging primary schools across the country to participate in this initiative, which can be implemented as part of the SPHE curriculum.

The resources, lesson plans and full All Together Now report are available for all primary school teachers to download for free at www.belongto.org/primary.